PET/CT CANCER DIAGNOSTICS
Nuclear cancer diagnostics might help in case you:
- are diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing active treatment, to assess treatment response efficiency and perform cancer monitoring with PET/CT scan.
- are facing a post-treatment surveillance stage, to undergo early diagnosis of possible cancer recurrence to ensure timely and maximally efficient repeated treatment, if necessary.
PET/CT method has no competitors in oncology that could equally detect: diagnosis, treatment response evaluation, cancer staging, disease dynamics and control, surgical planning, radiation therapy planning, cancer recurrence.
New generation PET/CT incorporates the majority of oncological radioisotope imaging for a wide range of malignant diseases, using radiotracers such as ¹⁸F-FDG and ⁶⁸Ga-PSMA for:
- Breast cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Uterine, cervical, ovarian cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Unknown location
- is absolutely safe and painless diagnostic
- procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and without surgical interventions
- identifies the tumor: detecting changes in the metabolism and structure of tissues and organs
- allows to differentiate malignant neoplasms from benign ones
- allows to diagnose diseases on asymptomatic stages
- during one whole body scan carries out the examination of all structures of the body - internal organs, bone and muscle tissues, etc.
pet/ct vs other diagnostic methods
If to compare with other diagnostic methods, the use of PET/CT in most cases excludes a number of additional analyses; thus, saving time, which is vitally important in oncology. At the same time saving the patient's funds as well, because each additional examination only increases the cost of the whole treatment.
One of the main differences between PET scans and other imaging tests like computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is that the PET scan reveals the cellular level metabolic changes occurring in an organ or tissue. This is important and unique because disease processes often begin with functional changes at the cellular level. A PET scan can often detect these very early changes whereas a CT or MRI detect changes later as the disease begins to cause changes in the anatomical structure of organs or tissues. A cancer that’s diagnosed at an early stage, before it has had a chance to get too big or spread is more likely to be treated successfully. If the cancer has spread, the treatment becomes more difficult, and generally a person’s chances of surviving are much lower.
PET/CT DIAGNOSTIC TYPES
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