What is a PET CT Scanner ?
Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography scan is a type of nuclear medicine imaging.
This scanning has become an essential diagnostic tool to reveal how body tissues and organs are functioning. A PET CT scan uses a radio active drug ( tracer) to show this activity.
As this procedure is able to identify metabolic activity within the body, it offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages as well as to assess patients' immediate response to therapeutic interventions.
PET CT scanning is a minimally invasive painless procedure.
What are the Primary Functions of the PET Scanner?
- Detect and Stage a Cancer
- Determine whether a Cancer has spread throughout the body
- Find the place in the body where the Cancer first started (primary site)
- Make decisions on whether the Cancer can be removed surgically
- Make decisions about treatment plans
- Assess the effectiveness of a treatment plan, such as chemotherapy
- Show the difference between a scar tissue and an active Cancer tissue
- Determine if a Cancer has recurred after treatment
- Evaluate brain abnormalities such as Tumors
- Map brain function
- Useful in evaluating some heart diseases.
How Important is it?
It helps the specialist doctors to obtain detailed information about a Cancer. THIS ENABLES TO DRAW TREATMENT PLANS WHICH WILL BE MORE EFFECTIVE RATHER THAN TREATING AT RANDOM.
Can a 'normal' human being check whether he/she has Cancer
using the PET scanner?
Yes, it is possible with a whole body PET CT scan.
What is the cost of a Scan for a patient from the Private sector?
Rs. 150,000/- ( USD 1100 )
Does the cost vary according to the level of Cancer in the body?
What is the benefit for the patients?
It will benefit thousands of patients who cannot afford a PET CT scan from the Private Sector
Is it a necessity in the NCIM?
Yes. It is an urgent need for the pioneer Cancer Institute in our County
With this facility, patients will benefit by:
- Accurate diagnosis and staging at the initial presentation
- Treatment according to diagnosis.
- Monitoring response to treatment
- Screening for recurrence after treatment.