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New PET/CT Technology at Brazosport Regional Offers Improved Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

5/15/2014




Brazosport Regional Health System now offer patients a powerful diagnostic imaging system known as PET/CT. This hybrid technology combines the strengths of two well-established imaging modalities in one imaging session to more accurately diagnose and locate cancers while increasing patient comfort. The service, in conjunction with Shared Medical Services of Cottage Grove, WI, is currently available to the community.

The PET/CT services is available by a mobile unit next to the Brazosport Regional Cancer Center, eliminating the need for patients to travel far distances to receive the state-of-the-art technology.  PET/CT is a unique imaging modality that can detect certain disease at an early stage, providing information that is incorporated into the planning and management or care.  The information obtained is beneficial to physicians in determining therapy and in following patient progress.

A PET/CT scan is noninvasive, painless and takes about 30 minutes. Along with providing better imaging data, it notably increases patient comfort and convenience by reducing the number of scanning sessions a patient must undergo. The procedure is covered by private insurance and Medicare.

PET/CT is utilized in Oncology to determine the location and extent of tumor growth and in Neurology to aid in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, brain tumors, and seizures.  PET/CT is used in Cardiology to determine the viability of the heart.   PET/CT increases the accuracy of diagnostic imaging and has great potential to provide useful information for patients and physicians.  

For additional information, please call the Brazosport Regional Cancer Center at 979-297-9268.


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