Dayton Physicians Network Offers State-Of-The-Art CT And PET Scans
Patients may be referred for these scans prior to and throughout the course of treatment and follow-up. These scans provide the doctor with the latest information regarding a patient’s condition which may impact the next step of care.
Computerized Tomography (CT)
A CT scanner is a highly advanced computerized x-ray machine used to obtain images -or- slices of the body on the axial plane, much like slices of bread. The CT scanner obtains image data from different angles of the body and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs with great clarity.
A CT scan has many uses and can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body. It is used to diagnose disease and to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment. Your physician may order your study to be done with contrast in order to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels.
CT Scans May Be Useful In:
- Diagnosing and providing treatment plans for kidney stones, hematuria (blood in the urine) and kidney masses
- Pinpointing the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot
- Guiding procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
A PET scan is a test that uses special imaging cameras and a radioactive type of sugar to produce pictures of the function and metabolism of cells in the body. The pictures from a PET scan provide information different from other types of scans, such as CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A PET scan or a combined CT-PET enables your doctor to better diagnose your condition.
PET Scans May Be Useful In:
- Detecting cancer
- Revealing whether your cancer has spread
- Checking whether a cancer treatment is working
- Finding a cancer recurrence
Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your scans. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of CT and PET scans.
Please Tell Your Doctor Or Ct/Pet Technologist:
- If you ever had a bad allergic reaction to IV contrast for CT scans
- If you are currently sick or have diabetes
- If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
- If you are breast-feeding
- If you are afraid of enclosed spaces (claustrophobic)
At Dayton Physicians Network, we know that whether you have kidney stones or cancer, having tests can be worrisome. Our staff makes every possible accommodation to ensure you are prepared for and as comfortable as possible during the scan.
Once your scans are completed, a radiologist interprets the images and the results are sent to your doctor.
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