LUBBOCK IMAGING CENTER
(Positron Emission Tomography) is a powerful diagnostic tool that,
in many cases, renders answers that other imaging tests may not
provide. This non-invasive procedure helps physicians with their
diagnosis and treatment of some types of cancer, heart disease, and diseases associated with the brain. Biochemical changes
are detected by a PET scan after a compound that contains radioactive
molecules, bound to a sugar-like substance, is injected into the
body. These molecules provide the tracers that allow the measurement
of metabolic activity within the body. A computer records this information,
and converts it into pictures for diagnostic purposes.
ARE THE BENEFITS OF PET FOR PATIENTS?
diagnostic information not available from other tests like CT
time for definitive diagnosis
ability to detect disease with fewer invasive diagnostic procedures
staging of the disease and better monitoring of cancer recurrences
effective tracking of the results of treatment therapy
extensive surgeries and avoidance of some surgeries
overall cost of care
ARE PET AND CT USED TOGETHER?
represents the next level of diagnostic imaging power for oncology.
PET detects metabolic signals in the body while CT provides a detailed
picture of the internal anatomy, revealing the location, size, and
shape of cellular activity.
each imaging test is effective for a wide variety of applications.
But when the results of PET and CT scans are "fused" together, the
combined image provides complete information on cancer location
more specific information about PET/CT and what to expect if you are scheduled for an exam,
please download the following brochures:
PET/CT PATIENT INFORMATION