Through a joint community effort, Catawba Valley Medical Center has been
able to bring PET/CT scanning – a combination of positron emission
tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) imaging – to the Catawba
The fastest growing, most accurate diagnostic imaging procedure available
in a clinical setting, PET/CT imaging significantly enhances our physicians’
ability to accurately identify and treat life threatening illnesses and
disease, particularly among cancer patients. It represents the fusion
of a fast, multi-detector spiral CT scanner and a state-of-the-art, high-resolution
PET scanning detects the presence of cancerous lesions in the body but
cannot necessarily pinpoint their locations. By simultaneously using the
spiral CT scanner, clinicians can create a refined, three-dimensional
image that shows exactly where the lesion is located. The PET/CT process
takes less time than a traditional PET scan and enables physicians to
arrive at a more accurate diagnosis more quickly.
How does PET/CT technology in improved patient outcomes for cancer, heart
and neurological conditions?
- Serves as a test for early detection of recurrent cancer.
- Accurately assess the location and stage of malignancy prior to surgery
- Replaces multiple medical testing procedures with a single exam, while
producing imaging information of superior quality to help physicians make
more accurate decisions for treatment regimen.
- Faster scan times and a larger opening in our advanced Siemens Biograph
mCT is widely preferred by patients as it reduces anxiety and concerns
about claustrophobia or fear related to being in a confined spaces.
For more information, please call 828.485.2718. The PET/CT Center is located
at 235 18th Street SE in Hickory, North Carolina in the Unifour Medical
Commons off of Tate Boulevard