By: From Brookings Health System 

Procedures to help diagnose and assess cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart attacks

BROOKINGS – Brookings Health System has expanded its outreach efforts to now include diagnostic imaging services. Starting Nov. 26, Brookings Health will host a Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) mobile imaging unit on its campus the second and fourth Monday of each month. “We constantly look for opportunities to bring services closer to home for our community,” said CEO Jason Merkley. “By having our partner, DMS Health Technologies, bring their mobile PET/CT unit to our campus, area patients can conveniently receive critical diagnostic imaging tests here in Brookings.” 

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. 

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