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. Maury Regional Health offers PET imaging at the Maury Regional Cancer Center by appointment with a physician's order.

The Biograph mCT offers advanced PET, CT and PET/CT imaging that allows oncology physicians to evaluate staging and monitoring of cellular activity over time and to assess treatment response. Dose-reduction technology minimizes patient exposure to radiation, while fast scan times result in less patient motion to improve image quality and overall patient experience.

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. Following the scan, results are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and shared with your physician.