WHAT IS PET/CT?
PET, or Position Emission Tomography, is the most advanced medical imaging technique available today. PET/CT combines the fine structural detail of CT with PET's ability to detect changes in cell function. This combination allows for earlier and more accurate detection of disease than either CT or PET alone.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Cancer cells grow at a rapid rate, growing cells use glucose as a primary source of energy, the faster the cells grow the more glucose is consumed. A form of glucose, called FDG, is injected before the PET/CT scan is done. The FDG molecules are consumed more in fast-growing cancer cells than in normal cells, resulting in concentration of the FDG in areas of cancer. The PET/CT scanner detects these concentrations and provides images that map the location. PET FDG mapping is combined with a CT image's structural detail in order to determine both the presence of disease and its precise location.
PREPARING FOR A PET/CT:
Please carefully read the instructions for preperation prior to your PET/CT scan to insure the best images.
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