When trying to detect and treat an illness, two scans are better than one. That’s why physicians at Wellmont Health System are pleased to offer patients a new diagnostic tool that combines positron emission tomography – or PET – with computed tomography – or CT.
The new mobile scanner, which is available to patients at both Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center and Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, assists physicians in the management of patients with cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders.
“This scanner brings together two of the most powerful diagnostic procedures available,” said Lori Jackson, Wellmont Bristol Regional’s director of imaging services. “The PET/CT scan allows physicians to see tumors or malignancies with greater accuracy than ever before.”
With its versatility, the PET/CT scanner provides Wellmont physicians with specific, reliable data that can eliminate the need for multiple diagnostic tests and help reduce unnecessary biopsies and surgeries.
Wellmont has contracted with Alliance Imaging Inc. to provide the PET/CT scanner.
Dr. Gert Van Der Westhuizen, a radiologist at Wellmont Holston Valley, said 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.
“This scanner really combines the best of both worlds,” Dr. Van Der Westhuizen said. “Combining the two tests provides us with more accurate information and less room for error.”