What is PET/CT?
PET/CT is a diagnostic imaging system that combines PET and CT into one unit. PET (Positron Emission Tomography) utilizes a low-level radiopharmaceutical to visualize metabolic activity within the body to help diagnose, stage, or guide your clinician in the treatment of cancer. CT stands for Computed Tomography (otherwise known as a “Cat Scan”). This technique uses x-rays to make cross-sectional images (called slices) of your body. PET/CT combines both functional and anatomical information into one single scan. This allows your doctor the ability to pinpoint the exact location of interest and determine its functional status. PET/CT scans have been shown to provide more accurate diagnoses than the two scans performed separately.
RAO offers the Siemen’s biograph PET/CT. It combines the anatomical information obtained from CT with the functional PET information to form not a photograph, but a biograph – an image that records living tissues and life processes with great precision and detail. The benefits to the patient are multiple – earlier diagnosis, accurate staging and localization, precise treatment and precise patient monitoring.
How long does the scan take?
Plan on being at our facility for approximately 2 1/2 hours from the time you check to the time you leave our facility following your examination. You will be given an injection of a radiopharmaceutical and requested to relax in a quiet area while the injection circulates and the uptake occurs. This period lasts approximately 90 minutes. The entire PET/CT examination is generally performed in less than a half hour, providing comprehensive diagnostic information to the clinicians and attending physicians quickly.
Where is PET/CT offered?
Radiology Associates of Ocala offers PET/CT at the Medical Imaging Center at Windsor Oaks.