The BIOGRAPH PET/CT is a Diagnostic Radiology system that combines PET and CT into one unit.
PET (Positron Emission Tomography) utilizes a low-level radiopharmaceutical to visualize processes or functions within the body. CT stands for Computed Tomography or CAT Scan. This technique uses x-rays to make cross-sectional images (called slices) of your body. The structure of body organs is more clearly visualized than with conventional x-rays. Advanced system software in the BIOGRAPH PET/CT 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.
This test can be used to help detect and treat cancer, determine the effects of a heart attack, or aid in the evaluation of brain abnormalities and nervous system disorders.
PET/CT Scans Offered at Our Facilities:
- Brain PET
What to Expect
How is this test done?
You will be injected with a small amount of radioactive material, which is then absorbed by the particular organ that is being assessed. You will lay on a table that slides into the PET/CT scanner.
Is this test painful?
No, this test is relatively painless. However, some patients find that laying still for an extended period of time may be uncomfortable.