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About Asiamedic PET/CT Centre

AsiaMedic PET Centre offers GE's Discovery ST PET/CT scanner, an integrated PET/CT system completely optimized for both cardiac and cancer care. This system integrates a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner with a multi-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner and is capable of 2D and 3D imaging. This Discovery ST system provides physicians with more sensitivity, speed, resolution and diagnostic confidence when treating cancer patients. PET/CT imaging is a powerful and exciting imaging technology that holds great promise in cancer management.

Additional uses of PET/CT imaging include:

  • Cancer Diagnosis and Staging PET is an extremely sensitive method for detecting cancers and assessing cancer spread (also known as staging). PET imaging can be used for the staging of lung cancer, head and neck cancer, colorectal cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, lymphoma, and many other cancers. The whole body can be scanned in a single examination to reveal the primary cancer sites as well as other metastatic (spread) sites.
  • Differentiation between malignant and benign growths PET is capable of accurate location of lesions, identification of benign versus malignant lesions, and differentiation from scar tissue.
  • Monitoring of treatment response PET is able to detect response to Chemotheraphy much earlier than CT or MRI. Therefore, it provides information to aid in surgical and radiation treatment planning. It also enables the physicians to determine the effectiveness of treatment and to alter treatment regimes if necessary.
  • Detection of cancer recurrence PET is the most sensitive method for detecting early recurrence and metastatic spread in many cancers. Early detection of cancer recurrence allows early initiation of treatment.
  • Differentiation between cancer recurrence and post therapy structural change Since PET imaging detects metabolic changes rather than structural changes, it is more specific than CT or MRI and is able to distinguish cancer recurrence from post therapy structural changes. This allows doctors to decide if further treatment is necessary.
  • Assessment of brain disorder PET can also be used for the assessment of brain metabolism and hence capable of the diagnosis of Alzheimers diseases and other causes of dementia.

While MRI and CT scans provide anatomic imaging of the physical structure of the body, and a PET scan provides a metabolic imaging that detects abnormalities in cell tissues based on cellular metabolism, an integrated PET/CT scan produces a combined image of the organs metabolism AND structure, allowing us to better understand the changes in the body. Further benefits of PET/CT consist of:

  • High clinical sensitivity for improved lesion detectability
  • Enhanced HD resolution without compromise
  • Greater peace of mind for patients and their families, knowing that this technology provides comprehensive information
  • Diagnostic confidence for those suspected to have cancer, and those who are undergoing cancer treatments

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