Discovery STE PET/CT Scanner
Kuakiniís GE Discovery STE PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) Scanner enables patients to receive accurate, detailed images through a PET and CT scan in a single scanning session. PET scans can detect very small lesions, tumors and diseased tissue while CT scans help pinpoint the location of these abnormalities. PET/CT scans provide early detection and allow physicians to recommend precise treatment and monitoring.
PET imaging uses small amounts of radioactive material, called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers, that help physicians diagnose or treat a variety of illnesses. During a PET appointment, the patient waits in a Quiet Room for 30-60 minutes while the radiotracers collect in the area of the body being examined. The patientís movement is restricted while the radiotracers are distributed throughout their body. During the PET scan, the radiotracers emit gamma rays that are detected by the scannerís circular gantry. The PET images are then fused together with the CT images that are taken at the same session. Together, the two types of scanned images assist the specialists in pinpointing a problem area within the body.
PET/CT scans are used to (1) detect cancer and to check on the progression of the cancer, (2) determine blood flow to the heart and the effects of a heart attack, (3) evaluate brain abnormalities and other central nervous system disorders, and (4) map the human brain and heart function.
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