Positron Emission Tomography
POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY (PET/CT)
The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a diagnostic scanner that takes powerful images of the biological functions within the human body. Physicians are able to see changes in the body tissue and organs that are altered by disease or injury. The Computerized Tomography (CT) shows detailed images of the body structure. Receiving a PET and CT at the same time provides the radiologist and your physicians the benefits of both modalities.
Computed tomography (CT) is an imaging procedure that uses special x-ray equipment to create detailed pictures, or scans, of areas inside the body. It is also called computerized tomography and computerized axial tomography (CAT). Each picture created during a CT procedure shows the organs, bones, and other tissues in a thin "slice" of the body. The entire series of pictures produced in CT is like a loaf of sliced bread-you can look at each slice individually (2-dimensional pictures), or you can look at the whole loaf (a 3-dimensional picture). Computer programs are used to create both types of pictures.