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PET/CT Scans are available at this location:
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) combined with Computed Tomography (CT) is a highly advanced and sophisticated type of nuclear medicine imaging that helps doctors see how the organs and tissues are functioning or metabolizing inside the body. PET/CT imaging, sometimes also called a PET Scan, is non-invasive and can help uncover diseases at very early stages.
Most often, PET/CT scans help physicians and specialists find a particular disease, such as various types of cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, and other conditions. This imaging can detect abnormalities even if they are not yet visible in other studies, such as an MRI. PET/CT studies can be exceptionally useful for pulmonologists, cardiologists, ENT providers, neurologists and oncologists.
Because the images produced can also show if cancer has metastasized or spread to other areas of the body, this study can aid significantly in determining a patient’s stage of cancer, their response to treatment, or if there is a recurrence of disease. With this high level of detail, physicians can save time obtaining clear information, shape treatment planning, and support patients with informed decision making.
Experience the Southtowns Difference for your PET/CT Scan
Southtowns Radiology is the closest outpatient medical imaging center that routinely offers PET/CT scans for patients in Angola, Blasdell, Boston, Derby, East Aurora, Eden, Elma, Hamburg, Lackawanna, Lakeview, North Collins, Orchard Park, Silvercreek, Springville, South Buffalo, and West Seneca.
In the fall of 2021, we helped to invest in a brand new, state-of-the-art Siemens Biograph Horizon PET/CT Scanner. This technology offers lower radiation exposure, shortened scanned times, and a radiation therapy planning table for optimized therapy planning and positioning. Additionally, this scanner offers high resolution 4mm LSO crystal elements to support the early detection of smaller lesions as well as improved image quality and lesion detectability with Time of Flight.
If you work in a physician’s office and would like information regarding PET/CT, and offering this imaging to patients close to their home with Southtowns Radiology, please contact our Director of Marketing, Andrea Moran, at 716.649.9000 ext. 204 or email@example.com.
How does a PET/CT Scan Work?
A PET/CT study uses special imaging cameras and an injection of a radioactive type of sugar to produce pictures of the function and metabolism of the cells in the body.
After the injection, it typically takes from 45 minutes to 1 hour for the radiotracer to travel throughout the body and be absorbed into the organs or tissues to be examined. The scan itself may take another 30 to 60 minutes and the total appointment time is approximately 2 hours.
How can I prepare for my PET/Scan?
We understand that medical testing can cause feelings of anxiety and uncertainty – we are here to ensure you have a good experience from the beginning, and that starts with helping you feel prepared.
We encourage you to review the following materials in preparation of your PET/CT Scan:
Additionally, once your appointment is scheduled, you should expect a call from our Central Scheduling Department to review in-depth medical history as well as your insurance information. Prior authorization is usually needed for this study, and we will work closely with your referring provider to make sure this is approved before your visit.
How will I receive the results of my PET/CT scan?
Following your PET/CT scan, your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists. They will provide a detailed report to the healthcare provider who ordered your scan and you should expect to hear your scan results from your healthcare provider directly.
If you are enrolled in HEALTHeLINK, our radiologist’s report will be available for your healthcare provider to access and to review electronically in your record. Southtowns Radiology will also send the report to any other medical professionals, including specialists or primary care providers, that you indicated should receive a copy.
Your healthcare providers are able to access the images taken during your PET/CT exam, and our radiologist’s report, anytime via our secure physician portal. Southtowns Radiology can provide copies of your images on DVD when requested by your provider.
If you still have questions – we’re here to help. Give us a call at 716.649.9000.