BIG STONE GAP, Va. – A new piece of diagnostic equipment will help physicians at Lonesome Pine Hospital more quickly and accurately diagnose conditions ranging from stroke to cancer, while providing patients with a greater level of comfort.

A PET/CT scanning system is being installed in Lonesome Pine’s radiology department. The system, which will become operational in mid-June, provides greater sensitivity, speed, resolution and diagnostic confidence during imaging. Use of the PET/CT system also guarantees patients a quicker scan in a larger, more comfortable environment.

“A faster scan means faster results and greater patient comfort,” said Greg Dalton, director of radiology at Lonesome Pine. “The PET/CT scanner will provide better image quality and more confidence in image interpretation, which will provide for more precise treatment planning.”

The system combines positron emission tomography – or PET – with computed tomography – or CT. The PET/CT scanner’s versatility will provide Lonesome Pine physicians with specific, reliable data that can eliminate the need for multiple diagnostic tests and help reduce unnecessary biopsies and surgeries.

PET/CT scanning can aid in the management of diseases ranging from epilepsy and stroke to cancers of the brain, lung, breast, esophagus, colon, pancreas, ovary, musculoskeletal system, skin and lymphatic system.

“The PET/CT scanner is another example of Lonesome Pine’s commitment to innovation that has set us apart as a leader in community health care,” said Robert Polahar, the hospital’s president.

Lonesome Pine has contracted with Alliance Imaging to provide the PET/CT scanner. PET/CT scanners are also available to patients at Bristol Regional Medical Center and Holston Valley Medical Center.


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