The PET/CT scanner is a "hybrid" machine that combines Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with Computed Tomography (CT). The PET portion shows metabolic processes such as the activity within a tumor. The CT shows anatomical detail. The result of the overlaid image is showing both the metabolic processes and the location of the tumor. Knowing the specific location and metabolic activity of a tumor, doctors can make early diagnosis and have more information regarding treatment.
These PET/CT scans may be for Initial Treatment Strategy (diagnosis or initial staging), or Subsequent Treatment Strategy (restaging or response to treatment). The PET/CT Department works closely with the Radiation Oncology Department to coordinate diagnosis with treatment. Some PET/CT scans may be covered under the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) if not covered by regular Medicare.
Many diagnoses may benefit from a PET/CT scan such as:
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The PET/CT Department is located next to Bethesda Hospital East in the Bethesda Professional Plaza.
To schedule an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 561.374.5700.