A PET-CT scan can help doctors better target and diagnose your cancer. Contact the experts at New York Cancer & Blood Specialists to schedule your exam.
PET represents the very latest innovation in nuclear medicine, merging cutting-edge medical science with comprehensive computer technology. While x-rays, MRI's, CT's, and mammograms are limited to visualizing actual damage to the body's anatomical structure, PET focuses on the body's metabolic process, allowing for the detection of disease long before any damage occurs.
PET has already established itself as an invaluable tool in diagnosing coronary artery disease. With a single session, PET can help facilitate prompt cancer treatment of the lungs, prostate, breast, colon, head and neck, pancreas, esophagus, and ovaries. Perhaps the most exciting revelation has been using PET to study brain disorders. PET has uncovered a remarkably consistent pattern in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, Parkinson's disease, and seizure disorders.
Computed Tomography (CT)
Computed Tomography (CT), also known as a CAT scan, is a sophisticated imaging technique that shows different levels of anatomy. During CT imaging, the x-ray source rotates around the patient. Each rotation produces a single, cross-sectional "slice", like the slices in a loaf of bread. These images are far superior in detail than standard x-rays and greatly enhance a physician's diagnosis.
CT is used to diagnose many conditions. In cancer detection, CT is used to scan for abnormal masses, showing the size and shape of the tumor, its precise location, and whether it is solid or hollow. In addition, CT scans can provide valuable information in the detection of abscesses, strokes, head injuries, and bleeding inside the skull.
We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and scary. Here at The New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, we build our teams around you. Our expert oncologists will help guide you through this difficult time, answering any questions you may have along the way. We are here for you and will do everything in our power to meet your specific needs and exceed your expectations. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms that may be related to cancer, please call us as soon as possible at (855) 528-7322 or make an appointment online.