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PET/CT Scan

Combined technology to create images of your body right down to the cells.

PET/CT Scan: Highly Detailed and Accurate Imaging

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine test that creates pictures of how your body works. It is most often used for cancer diagnosis and monitoring, though it can also be used to assess brain and heart conditions.

By reflecting small changes in your cells, PET scans detect disease early on and help you and your physician know if cancer has spread. PET scans can tell the location of a tumor, whether the tumor is benign or malignant, whether the cancer has spread and whether treatment has been effective.

Combined With CT Scan

A computed tomography (CT) scan produces detailed images that reveal the size and location of a tumor. Combining these two scanning technologies helps your physician see a more detailed and accurate picture of your health.

PET/CT Scans and Cancer

The PET/CT scanner is able to “see” damaged or cancerous cells where the injected glucose substance is being absorbed. Cancer cells use more glucose than do normal cells. The rate in which a tumor is using the glucose helps determine the level and aggressiveness of the cancer.

The PET/CT scan provides a more detailed picture of cancerous tissues than either test does on its own. The images are captured in a single scan.

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Nov 08, 2019

Newest medical director at Bristol Hospital brings experience, veteran savvy

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Nov 07, 2019

Bristol Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety For The Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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Bristol Hospital moves ahead with $15M emergency-room overhaul

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