Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography, or PET/CT, is an imaging method that uses a sophisticated machine to generate images of patients following the injection of very small amounts of a medical isotope. It is commonly used to detect and monitor cancer, evaluate effects of a heart attack, and determine brain abnormalities or disorders. Find out the advantages of a PET/CT scan in our latest blog!
There are many advantages of a PET/CT scan, some of which are newly coming to light. From cancer care, treatment, evaluation, and early diagnosis, there are many reasons to undergo a PET/CT scan.
PET/CT has proven to be a particularly valuable tool when it comes to detecting cancer, assessing the aggressiveness of tumors, and monitoring the success of cancer treatment. We typically use PET/CT scans to determine if tumors are malignant or benign. It also helps us diagnose whether the cancer has metastasized (spread) to other parts of the body.
In the case that you or a loved one has suffered from a heart attack, PET/CT scans help determine what tissue of the heart is still alive. It can also come in handy when predicting the success of angioplasty bypass surgery.
PET/CT scans can detect Alzheimer’s and dementia. They can even determine the precise location for epilepsy surgery. PET/CT scans can also help diagnose Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.
Patients undergo a PET/CT scan based off of a recommendation from a referring physician. If you are recommended to partake in a PET/CT scan, be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid eating four hours before the exam. Also be sure to consult with your doctor regarding medications you are taking.
Via Radiology offers Seattle diagnostic imaging services in the greater Seattle area, including ultrasound, MRI, PET/CT scans, x-ray and other imaging modalities. We also provide interventional services and screenings for lung cancer in addition to our breast imaging services. Contact Via Radiology at 206-306-1011 or online for more information.