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PET machine

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography is a highly sensitive imaging system that combines the following two scan techniques in one exam:

The combination of PET and CT creates a three-dimensional image of tissue function and cell activity in the body. This helps locate the precise location and extent of tumors, and identifies disease that may otherwise go undetected. 

PET/CT may be used for:

  • Early diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias
  • Accurate assessment of the location and stage of malignant disease
  • Non-invasive monitoring of the effects of treatment
  • A single-exam alternative for multiple medical testing procedures

Our radiologists specialize in neuro, cancer and cardiovascular PET imaging, and work closely with medical specialists to best diagnose and manage your care. Our technologists are trained in both PET and CT and routinely perform both PET/CT and diagnostic CTs at the same visit. 

The research arm of our PET/CT program allows us to provide our patients with the latest and most effective PET/CT studies.

Our radiology services are part of Moores Cancer Center, the region's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Studies show that outcomes are better at NCI-designated centers.

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