PET-CT scanning is the gold standard for imaging in cancer. It is used for detecting and monitoring all types of cancer. PET-CT technology has improved with time and now offers plenty of benefits in oncology. Today, digital PET-CT scanners provide high image qualities, and radiologists can now detect small cancer lesions and treat the cancer effectively on time.
Here is how advanced PET-CT scanning has improved cancer imaging:
- It helps to find tricky thyroid tumors – Thyroid cells may fail to absorb iodine in some thyroid cancers. This means that radioiodine imaging, which usually is used to track radioactive iodine, may fail because of the inability of the thyroid cells to absorb iodine. That is when doctors use PET-CT scanning to find the thyroid tumors.
- When cells lose the ability to absorb iodine, PET-CT scanning can be used to watch the metabolic activity of cells in the body to detect cancer and determine the best treatment for individual patients. Using glucose in PET-CT scans, doctors can trick the body and gather the information that can help treat the cancer.
- Scanning for bone cancer – Through PET-CT scans, doctors have been able to collect information regarding cancers that start or spread to the bones from other areas. This has helped to develop guidelines to direct doctors when testing for bone cancers.
- Working with PET-CT technology has helped physicians to establish when to use it to locate any type of cancer within the body. Now almost all cancers of any stage have been approved to be examined using PET-CT scans.
PET-CT technology has made great strides in nuclear medicine, which has enabled doctors to provide better care and outcomes for cancer patients. With growing research efforts, there will be more advancements in PET/CT scans that will transform cancer management and improve the overall treatment outcomes.