The combined imaging system results in faster and more accurate assessments for individuals undergoing cancer treatment. PET/CT scanners are also used in assessing cardiovascular disease and neurologic conditions.
The mobile scanners will be posted at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View in Northern Suffolk and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk.
The scanners fuse PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT (Computed Tomography) images together. PET captures functional images of very small changes in your body's metabolism caused by the growth of abnormal cells, while CT images simultaneously allow physicians to measure the size, shape and precise location of the tumor. Before PET/CT, patients often had to have two separate scans performed, making it difficult for physicians to compare and combine images. The two tests together provide more complete information to physicians than either scan alone, Bon Secours said.
Patients with various types of cancer, including breast, lung, head and neck, esophageal, melanoma, colorectal, female cervix and lymphoma, will have access to this technology.
“PET/CT scans result in faster and more accurate diagnoses, leading to faster and more effective treatments,” said Christopher C. Sinesi, MD, medical director for radiation oncology at Bon Secours DePaul and Bon Secours Maryview Medical Centers. “More accurate images from the scan help us to make individualized treatment plans for the patient, which leads to better outcomes."
The combined images also make it easier to monitor responses to therapy and treatment over time. PET/CT scanners have the highest image sensitivity available, enabling the use of potentially lower radiation doses, Bon Secours said.