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 scanner.
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.