PET/CT Scans - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

PET/CT

A PET/CT scan allows physicians to measure the body's abnormal molecular cell activity to detect cancer, brain disorders and heart disease. PET scans are simple, painless, and fast, providing real life answers to better diagnose illness, guide treatment options, and give patients ultimate control over their critical and vital healthcare decisions.

What is a PET Scan?

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a powerful imaging technique that holds great promise in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, particularly cancer. A non-invasive test, PET scans accurately image the cellular function of the human body. In a single PET scan your physician can examine your entire body. PET scanning provides a more complete picture, making it easier for your doctor to diagnose problems, determine the extent of disease, prescribe treatment, and track progress.

What is a PET/CT Scan?

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT (Computed Tomography) scans are both standard imaging tools that physicians use to pinpoint disease states in the body. A PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the body's anatomy such as size, shape and location. By combining these two scanning technologies, a PET/CT scan enables physicians to more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorders.

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