Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) scans combine nuclear medicine and x-ray imaging to provide comprehensive information about a person’s anatomy and metabolic function. By merging two imaging procedures in one unit, PET/CT provides a more detailed picture than either test does alone, resulting in more accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatment plans for patients.The resulting images help physicians pinpoint the location of abnormal activity within the body.
Physicians use PET/CT to diagnose and determine the extent of various cancers, neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, and damage to cardiac muscle after a heart attack.
Learn more about PET/CT technology from the video explanation below, and listen as Susan Rufer shares why PET-CT scans in Brookings are sent to Kentucky to manage her autoimmune disorder. PET-CT services are used by doctors to diagnose and determine the extent of some cancers, neurological disorders and damage to cardiac muscles after a heart attack.