PET CT

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PET/CT scan of the abdomen

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

CT Angiography

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A CT cross-section of the heart

Coronary artery CT Angiography (CTA) is a special type of x-ray examination used to visualize blood flow in the vessels of the heart.

Patients who have this test will have a small intravenous catheter placed in their arm and will receive an iodine-containing contrast dye to help ensure the best images possible of the coronary arteries. The same I.V. may be used to give a safe medication (commonly used by patients with high blood pressure and heart disease) to slow or stabilize the heart rate for better imaging results.

During the examination, which takes about 10 minutes, X-rays pass through the body and are picked up by special detectors which give the final images. Typically, the higher the number of detectors, the better the image. For this reason, this technique is often called “multi-detector” or “multi-slice” CT scanning.

Sand Lake Imaging has a 64-slice multidetector CT, the highest number of detectors available for clinical imaging.

CT Angiography Procedures Performed at Our Facilities:

  • Pulmonary Arteries
  • Aorta, Thoracic
  • Coronary Arteries
  • Brain
  • Neck (Carotid)
  • Abdomen
  • Upper Extremity (Arm)
  • Lower Extremity (Leg)
  • Chest Pulmonary Veins Left Atrium and Esophagus
  • Aorta with Run-Off

Coronary Calcium Scoring

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Siemens Biograph TruePoint PET/CT machine

A cardiac CT scan for coronary calcium is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.

Plaque is a build-up of fat and other substances, including calcium, which can, over time, narrow the arteries or even close off blood flow to the heart. The result may be painful angina in the chest or a heart attack.

Because calcium is a marker of coronary artery disease, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful screening tool. The findings on cardiac CT are expressed as a calcium score and can help present an overall picture of your heart health.