PET or the combination PET/CT is a specialized area of Nuclear Medicine which uses a radioactive form of glucose to image the metabolism of cells in the body. The vast majority of imaging using this modality is in the area of Oncology or Cancer; cancer cells have a higher metabolic rate than normal cells and take up more of the glucose tracer. The PET/CT scanner produces images of this increased uptake as well as high definition anatomic CT images allowing physicians to pinpoint small changes in cell function.
PET/CT is also useful to detect changes in brain function, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or fronto-temporal dementia.
Florida Hospital Waterman is proud to offer this advanced technology exclusively in the outpatient setting of Center for Medical Imaging (CMI). Click here to visit the CMI website.
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