Medical imaging has revolutionized treatment planning. One such imaging technique recently gaining popularity is Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT).
PET/CT combines two different imaging techniques - PET and CT - to create detailed images of the body's internal structures. It involves using a small amount of radioactive tracer injected into the patient's bloodstream. The tracer then accumulates in the organs or tissues being studied, emitting positron particles detected by the PET scanner. The CT scanner, on the other hand, produces detailed images of the body's structures.
Combining these two techniques provides highly detailed and accurate images of the body's internal structures. PET/CT is commonly used in diagnosing and treating cancer, but its versatile applications extend to other areas of medicine. Here are some common uses of PET/CT:
1. Cancer Diagnosis: PET/CT is widely used to detect and diagnose various types of cancer, including lung, breast, colon, and prostate cancer. It helps identify the extent of cancer spread and determine the efficacy of cancer treatment.
2. Neurological Disorders: PET/CT is also useful in the diagnosis and management of neurological disorders, such as dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease.
3. Cardiac Imaging: PET/CT can evaluate the heart's structure and function, helping diagnose coronary artery disease and other cardiac conditions.
4. Infection Detection: PET/CT can detect the presence of infections in the body, such as tuberculosis, abscesses, and osteomyelitis.
5. Radiation Therapy Planning: PET/CT can also be used to plan radiation therapy for cancer treatment by identifying the exact location and extent of cancer in the body.
Captive Radiology has provided imaging services to hospitals and large physician practices for 20 years. In those 20 years, innovations have occurred specifically in the PET-CT space. Quality imaging right at your urology practice leads to improved patient care. If your practice wants to provide PET/CT services to your patients, contact us today.