Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)
PET/CT has revolutionized medical diagnostic imaging, taking diagnosis and treatment options available to the physician to unprecedented levels.
Combining the functional imaging capabilities of a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan with the anatomical detail of a CT (Computed Tomography) scan, the hybrid PET/CT scanner offers both patients and physicians a new radiological diagnostic and treatment planning technique in the fields of cancer, brain disorders and cardiovascular problems.
Reducing the time it takes to diagnose a problem than was available with conventional CT or PET scans, PET/CT can provide exceptionally detailed three dimensional computerized images of the body, aiding surgeons to pinpoint the exact location of a suspect mass of cells and determine if these cells are cancerous, all in one 30 minute procedure.
This 3-D imaging tool can help to determine what surgery is needed, plan a surgical route and determine the best course of action against a malignant cancer. Fusing the two imaging techniques of CT and PET allows a more accurate location of a cancer earlier, easier, more precisely and more cost effective than any previous diagnostic technique available.
Allowing more accurate and easier detection of cancer cells than MRI, PET and CT on their own, PET/CT offers a vast improvement in providing information on size, location, metabolism and shape of a cancerous tumour.
PET/CT is the future of medical diagnostic imaging and its constant evolution will eventually allow it to be used extensively throughout medicine with greater confidence and better results. PET/CT is a significant advance on both PET and CT separately.