Procedures to help diagnose and assess cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart attacks
PET/CT scans combine nuclear medicine and x-ray imaging to provide comprehensive information about a person’s anatomy and metabolic function. The resulting images help physicians pinpoint the location of abnormal activity within the body.
“A PET/CT scan allows physicians to diagnose and determine the extent of various cancers, neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, and damage to cardiac muscle after a heart attack,” said diagnostic imaging director Tim Watson. “By merging two imaging procedures in one unit, PET/CT provides a more detailed picture than either test does alone, resulting in more accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatment plans for patients.”
PET/CT images can be shared with any medical provider from any health organization. Area patients may ask their physician to refer them for a PET/CT scan at Brookings Health by having their physician call Central Scheduling at (605) 696-8888.
PET/CT is just one of the medical imaging services offered at Brookings Health System. Local patients can also receive MRI, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and x-ray procedures close to home, saving them time and travel expenses. For more information, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/Imaging.