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Discovery IQ PET/CT Scan

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What is PET-CT Scan Technology?

PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography) is a nuclear medicine procedure that provides comprehensive insights into cellular metabolic activity. By merging PET's ability to measure cellular metabolism with CT's detailed imagery of anatomical structures, PET-CT offers a holistic view crucial for diagnosing and managing cancer.

When is a PET-CT Recommended?

PET-CT is a versatile tool, integral at various stages of a cancer patient’s journey, from initial diagnosis to ongoing treatment monitoring. By identifying cellular anomalies and gauging the stage of cancer, PET-CT empowers oncologists at CCA Amritsar to craft optimal treatment plans tailored to individual patients.
 

How Does PET-CT Work?

The PET-CT process begins with the injection of a radiotracer into the patient's vein, followed by a 45-60 minute wait as tumor cells absorb the tracer. A specialized camera then detects emissions from the cells, creating images of metabolic activity. Simultaneously, a CT scan generates X-ray images of internal organs. Together, these scans pinpoint abnormalities with remarkable accuracy.

What are the Benefits of the Discovery IQ PET/CT Scanner?

The Discovery IQ PET/CT scanner is globally acclaimed for its outstanding performance and diagnostic capabilities. Its benefits include:

  • Higher Sensitivity: Enhanced image quality for improved diagnosis.

  • Lower Dose and Faster Acquisition: Quicker scans with less radiation exposure.

  • Motion Correction: Ensures clear, undistorted images.

  • Metal Artifact Reduction: Smart MAR reduces interference from metal implants.

  • Enhanced Patient Care: Focus on comfort and satisfaction.

  • Accurate Data for Treatment: Trustworthy insights guiding treatment plans.

What Does a PET-CT Scan Check for in Cancer Diagnosis and Management?

A PET-CT scan plays an instrumental role in the comprehensive assessment and management of cancer:

  • Cancer Detection and Staging: Through the visualization of cellular metabolic activity, PET-CT scans adeptly identify the presence of cancerous cells and ascertain the stage of the disease.

  • Identifying Metastasis: The scan meticulously pinpoints if and how the cancer has metastasized or spread to other parts of the body, allowing oncologists to customize treatment plans accordingly.

  • Monitoring Treatment Response: By assessing cellular activity before and after therapy, PET-CT scans provide invaluable insights into the effectiveness of treatments, enabling timely adjustments to the therapeutic approach.
     

In the context of cancer, these capabilities make PET-CT scans indispensable tools in delivering precise and personalized cancer care.

How Long Does a PET Scan Take?

The entire PET scan process typically spans two hours, with 60 minutes dedicated to the absorption of the radiotracer and 30 minutes for the scan itself. Post-scan, patients await a review to ensure image clarity.

What are the Risks and Side Effects of a PET Scan?

PET scans are generally safe, with minimal radiation exposure from the tracer. Drinking water post-scan aids in flushing the tracer from the body. Pregnant, breastfeeding or diabetic individuals should notify the technician prior to the procedure.

Why Choose CCA Amritsar for Cancer Treatment?

CCA Amritsar stands as a beacon of advanced cancer care, providing access to state-of-the-art technologies. Our cancer center is renowned for its comprehensive services, international tumor board consultations, and second opinions from international doctors. Housing some of India's top oncologists, CCA Amritsar is synonymous with cutting-edge cancer care, affordability, and personalized attention. Opting for CCA Amritsar ensures patients receive world-class treatment options tailored to their needs.

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