About PET/CT Imaging
Cancer Screening in British Columbia
Current data suggest that in as many as one-third to one-half of cancer cases, physicians who do not have access to PET may be choosing the wrong management/treatment strategy for their patients. (read more)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) & Computerized Tomography (CT)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) are state-of-the-art imaging tools that combine to pinpoint the location of active cancer within the body. “The highly sensitive PET scan images the biology of disorders at the molecular level revealing metastatic disease that other imaging techniques simply can’t detect.”
Meanwhile, the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the body’s internal anatomy. The PET/CT scan combines these two well-established imaging modalities into a single scan.
A tumor evident with CT scan can be confirmed as either malignant or benign with PET scan. PET/CT imaging has significant advantages for establishing treatment options and helping patients avoid multiple diagnostic procedures.
Premier Diagnostic Center is Western Canada’s only private PET/CT scan facility. We have more than 16 years of experience providing PET/CT and brought the first PET scanner to Canada in 2000. We are certified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia’s Diagnostic Accreditation Program enabling us to provide IV contrast enhanced PET/CT imaging, unique in B.C.
Understanding How PET/CT Scans Work
A PET scan is very different from an ultrasound, X-ray, MRI, or CT scan. A PET scan allows the physician to distinguish between living and dead tissue, or between benign and malignant disorders. Since a PET scan images the biology of disorders, it can help the physician detect abnormalities in cellular activity at a very early stage, generally before anatomic changes are visible.
A CT scan is able to detect and localize changes in the body structure or anatomy, such as the size, shape, and exact location of an abnormal growth, a sizeable tumor, or a musculoskeletal injury.
“Combining the functional information of PET and the anatomic information of CT is a sophisticated technological accomplishment. It is revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.” Richard D. Newman, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins Medical Center
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The “Premier Diagnostic Center”
At Premier Diagnostic Center, we are dedicated to providing individuals throughout British Columbia and beyond with the fast and accurate results they need for proper diagnosis and treatment of cancer. We have friendly, experienced, and knowledgeable staff who are ready to assist you with your Vancouver PET/CT scan!