Accurate imaging is crucial for identifying and diagnosing a variety of conditions including heart disease and cancer. The positron emission tomography – PET- scan utilizes a small tracer material that is swallowed or injected – to display the inner workings of the body and allows doctors to determine the state of organ function. A computerized tomography – CT – scan provides 3-D, cross-sectioned images of the body from a variety of angles – providing doctors a picture of bones and tissues and helping to identify the presence of disease.
There is no underplaying the importance of accuracy when it comes to PET/CT scans. The images that they produce will provide medical professionals with an interior “map” of the body where they can get a close look at any issues that may be present – including injury and potential internal bleeding. Working with a state-of-the-art imaging center is the first step in ensuring accurate imaging results.
So what do PET/CT scans provide?
- The opportunity for early diagnosis. With all disease, the earliest diagnosis possible can make a world of difference in terms of treatment and, in some cases, can save a life. Accurate imaging allows for conditions to be identified and when that identification happens in an earlier stage than it otherwise would, that can dramatically alter the end result.
- The opportunity for better treatment. When diagnosis is accurately made as early as possible, treatments can be customized appropriately.
- Cost-effective medical care. Efficiency breeds cost-effectiveness. And when you use imaging technology to identify disease you are able to avoid the need for invasive, costly surgery to establish the presence of disease. Plus, with treatment starting earlier, you can go a long way towards limiting ongoing, costly therapies.
Do not underestimate the importance of state-of-the-art imaging technology. Work with your doctor to identify an imaging center that has a focus on superior technology, accurate imaging, and patient comfort.