A PET/CT (Positron emission tomography) is a non-invasive, nuclear medicine study that uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers to provide insights into the function of an organ or tissue. With many disease processes beginning with minor functional changes, a PET/CT is uniquely important because it can identify and monitor medical conditions in very early stages. Typically, a doctor will recommend a PET/CT if he or she believes a particular condition is affecting the organs' function or to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment plan.
The combination of positron emission and computed tomography (CT) technology together increases patient comfort because the examination time is 50% shorter than a traditional PET scan. An integrated study eliminates the “wait and see” approach because accurate and comprehensive information becomes available more quickly for you and your doctor.