Positron emission tomography (PET) and computerized tomography (CT) are both state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of disease within the body before making treatment recommendations. The highly sensitive PET scan images the biology of disorders at the molecular level. The CT scan provides a detailed picture of the body's internal anatomy. The PET/CT scan combines the strengths of these two well-established imaging modalities into a single scan and is important in the noninvasive evaluation and monitoring of disease.
Recent advancements in imaging technology have shortened the total scanning time for PET/CT imaging, which is especially advantageous in pediatric imaging. Our experienced personnel will explain to both parent and child the details of the imaging test and what to expect so that both will be well-informed and feel at ease.
PET/CT imaging provides doctors health details that they can use in many ways:
- To diagnose the child's medical condition
- To find out the extent of the disease
- To see if the disease is responding to treatment
- To monitor remission
- To check any progression of the disease
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