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.
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.
Performing and analyzing PET/CT imaging requires advanced expertise. The team includes:
- Board-certified radiologists (MDs).
- Licensed nuclear medicine technologists.
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