PET scanning is a procedure that detects biological functions in the body such as how fast cells are metabolizing (burning up) sugars supplied by the bloodstream. Since rapidly multiplying cancer cells burn sugar faster, PET can detect areas of these cancer cells sooner than other methods. But PET's focus is limited; it can only show the area of the problem within a few centimeters.
But a CT scan can focus down to a very precise spot in the body. So, combining a PET scan and a CT scan in one procedure can both reveal problems and focus precisely on where they are, allowing doctors to make the best choice of treatment and the best chance at a good patient outcome.
As with many other diagnostic and treatment technologies, Phoebe was among the first hospitals in Georgia to offer PET/CT as a diagnostic option for doctors and patients in our region.
PET/CT provides improved detection and location of tumors, more precise staging of cancer, better monitoring of cancer recurrence and the convenience of a single scan for patients. Every PET/CT scan is read by a board-certified radiologist in the Phoebe Radiology Department, who then consults with the patient's doctor.
In addition to being a superior tool for diagnosing cancer, PET/CT is also a powerful resource for doctors treating patients with coronary artery disease as well as detecting disorders of the brain such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease.
For more information about radiology services at the main campus, please call
(229) 312-1176. For Meredyth Place, call (229) 312-4800.