PET/CT stands for Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography. It is a special and unique technique that combines two different imaging modalities into one scan. This is the first PET/CT scanner on the islands and will allow for better management, treatment and follow-up of numerous patients who up till now had to travel abroad.
PET/CT scanning now plays a pivotal role in the imaging of tumours and spread of disease, in particular, staging of cancer before treatment, restaging of cancer during and after therapy, in surgery and radiotherapy planning, and in follow-up of numerous illnesses.
The greatest advantage of the PET/CT is that the biochemical and metabolic information cannot be obtained by any other imaging modality
The actual CT scan takes approximately one minute. The PET scan usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. The patient should plan on being at the facility for a total of 1½ to 2 hours as time for preparation is needed
PET/CT scans are very safe. The procedure in non-invasive, painless and is very rarely associated with significant discomfort or side-effects. The examination poses no significant health risks and patients may resume normal activities after the scan. PET/CT is mostly performed on an outpatient basis. Women who are pregnant will not be able to undertake the PET/CT scan