OHC physicians use a variety of the advanced imaging technologies available to diagnose and treat cancer. A PET Scan (positron emission tomography) is a diagnostic examination used to detect cancer, determine the stage of cancer, and evaluate the effectiveness of treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
During a PET scan, radioactive sugar molecules are injected into the body. Cancer cells absorb sugar more quickly than normal cells, so they light up on the PET scan. A PET scan is often used to complement information gathered from a computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or physical examination. An integrated PET-CT scan collects images from both PET and CT scans at the same time and superimposes the images.
For more information about PET Scans and other imaging services, call us at 1-800-710-4674. If you’re a new patient or would like a second opinion, we’d be happy to schedule an appointment for you to speak with one of our OHC doctors. If you’re a current patient, talk with your OHC doctor or nurse about the use of PET scans and your treatment.