PET / CT Scan

High Tech Healing: PET/CT Scan

PET/CT Scan

PET/CT ScannerSince the early 1940s, Mercy has offered the community quality cancer care.

The first hospital in Stark County to receive the American College of Surgeons’ full three-year approval for its cancer program, Mercy holds a three-year reaccreditation with commendation, a distinction earned by only one out of every four hospitals surveyed. This designation ensures that every Mercy cancer patient will receive the very best treatment without ever leaving home.

In addition, the center focuses on care for the whole person, providing support groups and complementary medicine services that nurture and support cancer patients and their families.

State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Radiology

High Tech Scanning Technology

PET/CT Scanner

Mercy was the first in the area to offer PET/CT scans via mobile service and now is the only facility in Stark County to offer PET/ CT scans daily and on site.

A series of X-rays taken along the length of the body, CT scans produce images similar to organ cross-sections, revealing lesions, tumors and metastases. Conversely, PET scans detect metabolic activity using radioactive sugar injections. Because cancer consumes sugar at a high rate, malignant tumors show up on PET scans as bright areas.

The PET/CT scanner, a blended imaging system that combines PET and CT technology into a single imaging system, performs both scans together in about 30 to 45 minutes.

Why a PET/CT scan?

For years, doctors have relied on separate results from CT scans and PET scans to find and diagnose tumors. CT scans can accurately detect nodules and lymph nodes but provide limited information about malignancy. PET scans often cannot show exactly where cancerous tumors are located.

PET/CT scans:
  • Combine PET and CT technology into a single imaging system.
  • Superimpose the two scans, creating a “fused image” that shows precisely where the cancerous areas are in a patient’s body.
  • Can lead to earlier detection and treatment.