Positron Emission Tomography (PET)


Positron emission tomography (PET) is an imaging procedure that combines the use of a camera and a tracer to generate pictures of the precise location and extent of diseases such as cancer.

PET imaging is available at the Maury Regional Cancer Center by appointment with a physician's order. Upon arrival for your PET scan, a glucose-based radiocative tracer liquid is infused into a vein. After allowing the tracer to circulate through the body for a short time, the PET camera records the collection of the tracer in organs and tissues. Pictures from a PET scan are layered with computed tomography (CT) images in order to diagnose malignancy and provide information about whether or not cancer has spread to other parts of the body. 

A patient can expect to spend approximately two hours when receiving a PET exam. Following the scan, results are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and shared with your physician.