Positron Emission Tomography (PET) aided by an Anatomical Computed Tomography Scan
A PET-CT scan takes detailed pictures of the structures inside your body. At the same time, a mildly radioactive drug displays areas of the body where the cells are more active than normal. The scanner combines both of these types of information, which allows your doctor to see any changes in the activity of cells and know exactly where the changes are occurring. SDMI's PET scan has become the preferred system among our patients because of it’s vast openness, which allows us more versatility for positioning patients for their scan.
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The PET scanner is a large machine that has a round opening in the middle. Inside the circular area are multiple rings or detectors that record the emission of energy from the radiotracers found within the patient’s body. The scanner combines these two types of information, allowing the physician to diagnose any changes in the activity of cells. It also allows physicians to determine exactly where the changes are occurring.
A CT scanner is a large box-like machine with a short tunnel in the center of the device. Patients lie on a narrow examination table or bed that slides in and out of the tunnel. X-ray tubes and electronic X-ray detectors are located opposite of each other and are referred to as a gantry. The imaging computer is located in a separate control room. The technician remains in direct visual contact with the patient and will have the ability to converse with the patient via speaker and microphone.