What is PET/CT?
PET/CT is an imaging tool that combines two scanning techniques in one exam.
PET (Positron Emission Tomography), and CT (Computer Assisted Tomography).
PET is a test that detects changes in the body on a cellular level. Since cellular changes take place before physical ones do, PET can help your doctor make an earlier diagnosis or determine if your current treatment is working effectively.
CT is an x-ray that creates a detailed view of the physical structure of your organs and tissue. The CT scan can show the dimensions of your vessels, lymph nodes and organ systems.
A PET/CT scan combines both technologies into one machine. It provides a picture of cellular function (PET), a picture of physical structure (CT), a merged picture of the body’s cellular function and physical structure.
Benefits of PET/CT
PET/CT helps physicians diagnose stage and treat cancer with more accuracy than ever before. The exam can provide answers to the following critical questions:
• Where is the tumor?
• How large is it?
• What is the optimal therapy?
• Is the therapy working?
• Is there a reoccurrence?
Other potential benefits include:
• Improves diagnostic confidence for patients who have or may have cancer
• Reduces the need for invasive procedures, like a biopsy or surgery
• Helps avoid the “wait and see” method often used to monitor potential disease
• Monitors patients’ response to treatment to ensure the treatment is working.
Location and scheduling:
Stoneham Outpatient Campus
41 Montvale Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180
To schedule your exam, or to ask any questions, please call (866) 245-5995.
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