(Positron Emission Tomography) is a revolutionary technology used in the evaluation and monitoring of certain types of cancer and some brain and cardiac disorders. PET works by creating powerful images of the biological
functions of the human body to reveal disease states. To create
these images, compounds like simple sugars (glucose, for example)
are labeled with signal-emitting tracers and injected into the patient.
A scan records the signals these tracers emit as they travel through
the human body and collect in the various organs targeted for examination.
A computer reassembles the signals into actual images, resulting
in unique pictures that show biological causes of normal
organ function and failure of organ systems in disease.
PET/CT - SETTING NEW STANDARDS IN
IMAGING EXCELLENCE AND FLEXIBILITY
At Lubbock Imaging
we're using a unique open PET/CT from Philips that allows us to
perform separate PET and CT exams as well as combined PET/CT scans
with the push of a button.
the chemical and physiological changes related to metabolism. Since
functional changes occur long before the structural damage is done
to tissues, this is a crucial advantage that allows detection of
disease well before other imaging modalities. In some instances,
early detection and treatment can have a major impact on patient
integration of metabolic data from PET and anatomical data from
CT allows clinicians to better view the structural detail, location
of and changes in tissue. This fusion of PET and CT is invaluable
asset in treatment planning.
Also, a single
PET/CT scan can give information about the functioning of the entire
body. This is critical in many instances, especially in oncology
where additional tumors and the spread of disease are sometimes
discovered. The replacement of multiple tests is also a great convenience
for patients and physicians, as the extent of disease is established
more quickly and with greater confidence.
In summary, the key benefits of PET/CT
- Safe, non-invasive diagnostic procedure
- Detailed diagnostic information not
available from independent CT and MRI tests
- Complete full body PET/CT scan in one
exam means shorter time for definitive diagnosis
- Early detection of disease with fewer
invasive diagnostic procedures
- Improved staging of the disease and
better monitoring of cancer recurrences
- More effective tracking of the results
of treatment therapy
- Less extensive surgeries and avoidance
of some surgeries
- Open GEMINI gantry promotes patient
acceptance and comfort
- GEMINI system enables independent operation
of stand alone PET or CT for increased facility productivity and
- Lowers overall cost of care
LUBBOCK IMAGING CENTER: A CLEAR ADVANTAGE FOR PHYSICIANS
Lubbock Imaging Center installed
a PET/CT scanner to further
meet the needs of its referring physicians. This sophisticated piece
of diagnostic equipment now provides more accurate small tumor detection
for oncologists and surgeons.
Click on the menu item "Physician
Information" for more information about PET indications.