Positron emission tomography, also called a PET scan, is a nuclear medicine exam that produces a three-dimensional image of the body’s functional processes. It is safe and painless, and uses a small amount of a radioactive drug to show differences between healthy and diseased tissue. The diagnostic images produced by PET are used to evaluate a variety of diseases.
At Imaging Healthcare Specialists (IHS), our PET system is integrated with a CT scanner. This combination enables the simultaneous evaluation of both anatomy and physiology of the body, helping to more accurately identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorders than previous generations of PET-only scanners.
To schedule your San Diego-area PET/CT, call Imaging Healthcare Specialists at (858) 658-6500.
PET/CT Exams offered at Imaging Healthcare Specialists:
- FDG PET/CT: Skull-thigh examination is most widely used for staging and restaging most tumors; whole-body examination is most widely used for melanoma/sarcoma and infection.
- Ga-68 Dotatate Neuroendocrine Tumor PET/CT: Skull-thigh examination is used for staging and restaging somatostatin receptor positive Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET).
- Brain Scan with FDG PET/CT: Metabolic brain imaging for evaluation of dementia.
- Brain Scan with Amyloid PET/CT: Detects beta-amyloid plaques which are present in Alzheimer’s disease.
- PSMA Prostate PET/CT: Skull-thigh imaging for staging and restaging prostate cancer.
- Fluciclovine F-18 (Axumin) Prostate PET/CT: Skull-thigh imaging for restaging previously treated prostate cancer (but not for initial staging).
- Whole Body Bone with F-18 Sodium Flouride PET/CT: Highly sensitive for detecting osseous metastasis.
- Cerianna Estrogen-Receptor Positive PET/CT: Skull-thigh imaging for evaluating estrogen receptor (ER) positive metastases.