A radiologist explains the benefits of using PET scans
Irving, TX, September 29, 2019 - Positron Emission Tomography(PET), is a popular procedure performed in the Nuclear Medicine Department. Radiation for this exam comes from the injection of a radioactive isotope. This isotope is tagged with an agent that is different for each review, as each organ in the body will enhance differently. The imaging method measures and records the amount of radioisotope within the living tissue. PET scans supply information regarding the function of organs and tissues.
"PET technology is important in the staging and monitoring of cancer patients. It offers oncologists and radiologist a piece of essential information on the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Current, to offer patients with the most precise diagnostic information, the physicians may order a PET/CT scan,” explains the radiologist.
PET scans are used to diagnose, stage, and follow-up on the treatment administered. Just like any other form of medical imaging, PET scans comes with its benefits, they include:
- The scans can detect diseases and illnesses before the symptoms can show themselves; hence, they are more effective than any other imaging test.
- Since they study metabolic functions, PET scans can be used as an alternative to biopsy and any other exploratory surgery administered to determine how far the disease has spread.
- PET scan is more useful to diagnose diseases such as epilepsy and other mental illnesses at early stages.
- Compared to other forms of imaging, PET scans are relatively safer because the radiation dosage administered is low.
"PET scans usevery minimal amounts of radioactive materials to show differences between healthy and diseased tissues,” explains the radiologist. “PET scans measures body functions to help physicians to evaluate how well organs are functioning.”
PET helps diagnose many types of fatal diseases, and getting this done cost-effectively. Patients should be looking for affordable PET scans should search for clinics offering it that way.
About PET/CT of Las Colinas
PET/CT of Las Colinas is dedicated to the care and wellbeing of our patients. We understand that the foundation of a successful treatment plan – or a clean bill of health – begins with sophisticated, accurate imagery. We look forward to providing you with the highest level of care. Our imaging center is located conveniently across the highway from the Las Colinas Medical Center within the Las Colinas Cancer Center on Highway 161 in Irving, TX. and – once here – we offer hassle-free curbside parking.
PET / CT of Las Colinas
7415 Las Colinas Blvd, Suite 110
Irving, TX 75063