PET/CT scanning can assist physicians in confirming the presence of cancer at an earlier stage than previously possible, as well as provide information about the exact location and size of a cancerous tumor, resulting in a more precise treatment plan and the potential to improve outcomes for cancer patients.
PET is a non-invasive imaging tool used to examine the human body and detect disease, including some cancers. The imaging tool is also helpful in distinguishing viable tissue from scar tissue for patients with heart disease, and can provide information related to brain metabolism in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy.
CT is a painless, non-invasive imaging tool that is comprised of a series of cross-sectional x-rays of the body. The series of x-rays can be examined individually or reconstructed into a three-dimensional image, allowing radiologists to view a detailed picture of an individual’s body. CT imaging is valuable in diagnosing conditions and abnormalities that may not be visible on a traditional x-ray.
Contact the St. Clair Hospital PET/CT Scheduling Department at 412-942-7075. When you call to schedule your appointment, please have your prescription and any required authorization numbers available.
Our staff of board-certified radiologists will review and interpret your images and a written report will be sent to your physician so that he or she can review the results with you.
Once your PET/CT scan is complete, you may resume your normal activities unless otherwise directed by your physician. However, it is important to avoid prolonged contact with infants and/or pregnant women for the eight hours immediately following your exam. In addition, you should increase your fluid intake for the remainder of the day to help flush the special intravenous solution from your body.
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