New PET/CT Technology at Logansport Memorial Hospital offers improved cancer diagnosis and treatment
Logansport Memorial Hospital will offer patients a powerful new diagnostic imaging system known as PET/CT. This hybrid technology combines the strengths of two well-established imaging modalities in one imaging session to more accurately diagnose and locate cancers while increasing patient comfort. The service is scheduled to start on October 26, 2018, in conjunction with Shared Medical Services of Cottage Grove, WI.
“This advanced diagnostic equipment provides our patients and physicians with a precise and powerful imaging tool to aid in the early detection of cancer and other diseases,” said CEO Perry Gay. “We are proud to bring expanded PET/CT services to our patients with the addition of this technology to our Cancer Care Center.”
A PET/CT is noninvasive and painless. Patients can expect the exam to take 2 to 3 hours with the actual scan time taking about 30 minutes. Along with providing better imaging data, it notably increases patient comfort and convenience by reducing the number of scanning sessions a patient must undergo. The procedure is covered by most private insurance and Medicare.
PET, or position emission tomography, uses radioactive glucose to image the body’s metabolism at the cellular level, mapping the chemical functioning of organs or tissue. Since cancer cells use more glucose than other cells in the body, PET can reveal the presence of cancerous tumors and provide key information about whether cancer has spread, a key component of cancer treatment.
Appointments may be scheduled through the Scheduling Department at 574-753-1488. For additional information, contact Greg Descoteaux, Logansport Memorial Hospital Imaging Director.
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Memorial Hospital