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Radiology

PET/CT Scans

PET/CT Scan

PET/CT scanning at Lake Region Healthcare provides highly detailed images for fine-tuning diagnosis of cancers.

What is PET/CT?

PET (positron emission tomography)/CT is a diagnostic process that detects tiny amounts of radiation to create detailed images. For a PET/CT scan, the patient is first injected with a radioactive substance (which decays within a few days). Lying on a flat table, the person moves in very slow steps through a donut-shaped machine that detects positrons (tiny particles emitted from the radioactive material). The machine takes a series of thin "slice" images, which are then assembled to create a three-dimensional image of the body. PET/CT is a painless, non-invasive procedure, yet it provides powerful images of the body’s biological functions.

Physicians use PET/CT to detect cancers and to assess the effect of cancer therapy.

Our Services

PET/CT scanning is provided on an outpatient basis. PET/CT scans are performed in a mobile setting on a once a week basis. The trailer is parked along the west side of the hospital.

The Team

Performing and analyzing PET/CT imaging requires advanced expertise. The team includes:

  • Board-certified radiologists (MDs).
  • Licensed nuclear medicine technologists.

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