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A vital part of cancer detection is played by PET/CT Scan. 90% of those who are suspected of having cancer, are asked to get a PET/CT Scan done.So what does a PET/CT Scan in Chiplun involve? This advanced nuclear imaging technique combines Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) into one machine. A PET/CT scan reveals information about both the structure and function of cells and tissues in the body, during a single imaging session.
How does a PET/CT Scan in Chiplun take place? First, the patient is injected with a glucose (sugar) solution that contains a very small amount of radioactive material. This substance is absorbed by the particular organs or tissues being examined. The patient now rests on a table and slides into a large tunnel-shaped scanner. The PET/CT scanner is then able to "see" damaged or cancerous cells where the glucose is being taken up (cancer cells often use more glucose than normal cells) and the rate at which the tumour is using the glucose (which helps determine the tumour grade). Painless and smooth, this procedure may vary in its time taken, depending on the part of the body that is being examined.
The PET/CT scan gives a detailed picture of the cancerous tissues by effectively combining information about the body's anatomy and metabolic function, obviously far more effective than either of the tests done in isolation. The images are captured in a single scan and provides a high level of accuracy.
What does a PET/CT Scan help in?
- Diagnosing Cancer
- Finding out how big a cancer is and whether it has spread (stage a cancer)
- Deciding whether you can have surgery to remove your cancer.
- Deciding which is the best course of treatment.
- Checking on whether the cancer can recur again
- The exact stage of the cancer can be determined through a PET-CT scan. The stage of cancer is determined based on where and how much it has spread, and if it is changing how the patient’s organs work. Understanding this helps the patient and the doctor choose the best treatment. It also helps doctors predict the chances of recovery.
Doctors also use PET-CT scans for:
- Deciding where to do the biopsy.
- To determine if the cancer treatment given, is working as per expectations
- Evaluating the efficacy of the treatment
A radiographer operates the PET/CT scanner. It usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes.
Days: Monday - Saturday | Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | Remark: with Prior appointment.
The following are considered to be the biggest advantages of a PET CT Scan
- A powerful source of data to help make the right decisions
- Completely safe
- Helps to avoid a number of invasive procedures
- Can help avoid unnecessary surgery
- Can tell whether a tumour is benign or cancerous
- Can show all the organ systems of the body in a single exam, showing, for example, whether cancer has spread
- Detects the disease, often, before it shows up on other tests
- Is an early predictor of the patient’s response to therapy
- Assists in planning for radiation therapy