Gathering the Data

In order to produce the 3 dimensional images that are so effective in the medical world, especially the fight against cancer, that is the predominant use of the PET/CT scanner the PET/CT scanner must acquire both anatomical data (from the CT scanner) and Metabolic data (from the PET scanner)

Because the two types of scanners (Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography) that make up the PET/CT scanner are so different in how they image the body, and what they are used for, they both use completely different techniques to capture the data needed to produce the images that can then be interpreted.

Below are the two ways in which the PET/CT scanner captures the anatomical data and metabolic data:

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