Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a unique medical imaging procedure that shows the chemical function of an organ or tissue. PET scans can detect cancers, as well as organs that are not working normally. A PET scan involves the injection of a small amount of ‘positron-emitting’ radioactive material (a radiopharmaceutical). The radioactive substance most commonly used in PET scanning is a simple sugar (like glucose) called FDG. The PET camera detects emissions coming from the injected radiopharmaceutical, and the computer attached to the camera creates two and three dimensional images of the area being examined.

The PET-CT Combination allows any abnormality on the PET scan to be precisely located within the body, allowing for a more accurate diagnosis. It is extremely sensitive for detecting early stages of disease, and can detect abnormalities even in the absence of structural change.

This service is available at our brand new Gateshead PET-CT and MRI centre. Please contact our friendly Patient Services team should you require further information.

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