PET/CT scanning is a unique type of imaging test that helps doctors see areas of high metabolic activity inside the body. Physicians at Memorial Healthcare use PET/CT to track abnormal cell growth and it is used largely for oncology, cardiology and neurology diseases. Whereas most imaging methods look at structural information, PET/CT looks at the function of the body.
The test involves injecting a very small dose of a radioactive chemical, called a radioactive tracer into the vein of your arm. The tracer travels through the body and is absorbed by the organs and tissues being studied.This machine detects and records the energy given off by the tracer substance and, with the aid of a computer, this energy is converted into three-dimensional pictures. A physician can then look at cross-sectional images of the body organ from any angle in order to detect any functional problems.
The Diagnostic Imaging department at Memorial Healthcare provides the latest imaging services including MRI, CT and PET/CT scanning, digital mammography and ultrasound services to all Michigan residents including the counties of Shiawassee, Eaton, Ingham, Saginaw, Genesee, Clinton. We are proud to offer the latest imaging services to communities surrounding Alma, Bay City, Flint, Lansing, Owosso, Saginaw and St. Johns.