PET/CT combines the functional information from PET (positron emission tomography) with the anatomical information from CT (computed tomography) into a single imaging technology.

PET assesses changes in the function, circulation and metabolism of body organs and measures chemical changes that occur before visible signs of disease are present.

CT is a special type of cross-sectional imaging, which simulates "slices" through any part of the body. This advanced imaging provides more comprehensive diagnostic information enabling our staff to begin recommended treatment sooner.  

Diseases Diagnosed by PET/CT Scan

Caregivers use PET/CT scans to diagnosis and manage illnesses and conditions, including:

  • Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Brain tumors
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Esophageal and thyroid cancers
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Lung, breast, cervical and ovarian cancers
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma       
  • Stroke

Benefits of a PET/CT 

  • It is regarded as the most powerful tool to accurately image and detect cancer at its earliest state.
  • It allows for a noninvasive diagnosis of certain neurological disorders.
  • It may prevent patients from needing more invasive exams and exploratory surgery.
  • It helps the physician predict the likely outcome of various therapies.
  • It can help guide physicians in choosing the best treatment options (medical, surgical, radiation, etc.).
  • It monitors progress, indicating when a treatment response is not as expected.