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Nuclear Medicine and PET Scan

PET/CT

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) are imaging tools commonly used in detecting, diagnosing and staging various types of disease, including cancer.  PET reveals the body’s metabolic activity including both normal and abnormal tissue activity (tumors), while CT reveals the body’s detailed anatomic structure.  The PET/CT scanner combines these two powerful imaging tools into one exam to enable physicians to more accurately detect tumors and to pinpoint their precise location in the body.

Our PET/CT system offers Ultra High Definition PET resolution that provides exceptionally clear images.  This enhances physicians’ confidence in detecting, localizing and assessing the stage of various diseases.

With an oversized bore and short tunnel, the scanner’s large opening scanning zone accommodates virtually any size patient and alleviates the sense of claustrophobia some patients experience in conventional PET/CT systems.

Hours

Nuclear Medicine
Monday through Saturday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Saturday hours available
for PET/CT

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine is used to determine how organs and other soft tissues within the body are functioning.  Patients receive a radioactive substance, either by mouth or intravenously (IV) which emits energy that is tracked by special cameras as it travels through the body.  The radiation is similar to that of an x-ray.  The imaging may be done immediately, within a few days, or possibly after several days because organs absorb the substance at different rates.  The scan can last from 20 to 45 minutes during which the patient must remain very still.

Nuclear Medicine is used to:

  • Treat thyroid cancer
  • Determine Parkinson’s disease
  • Reveal tumors, infection and other disorders
  • Analyze kidney function
  • Image blood flow and function of the heart
  • Scan lungs for respiratory or blood-flow problems
  • Evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis or tumor

Nuclear Medicine examinations include:

  • DaT scan
  • Thallium Stress testing
  • Thyroid evaluation/ablation
  • Hepatobiliary evaluation
  • Bone Scan
  • MUGA Scan
  • Lung examination for pulmonary emboli

Accreditation

Rush-Copley's Nuclear Medicine services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.  This accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.