PET/CT is an advanced, fused image that combines two essential technologies: positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT). The combined imagery available through this advanced technology makes it possible for your physician to detect problems earlier, make a more accurate diagnosis, prescribe follow-up care with greater confidence and helps eliminate unnecessary hospital stays.
Like the lines on a map, a CT image displays precise anatomy. It does not reveal functional chemistry.
Like seeing storm intensity without an exact location, a PET scan reveals abnormal biological activity – in most cases long before such activity would be visible on an Xray, MRI or stand-alone CT.
A functional PET image perfectly matched with a structural CT image indicates possible problem areas along with a precise location.
The PET/CT scan is most effective at revealing information about cancer and brain disorders within the body and is a highly effective treatment in early detection, and limiting the spread of disease.
A PET/CT scan is also highly effective when used in the diagnosis and evaluation of patients with memory disorders of an underdetermined cause. For example:
At Molecular, we undertake the following PET-CT scans:
With a plethora of benefits that come with PET scan, there are some minor risks too, which the patient should be aware of.