The PET-CT uses a state-of-the-art equipment capable of combining the characteristics of both the PET and CT apparatuses. Its distinctive trait is that of providing a complete clinical overview of the patient whilst simultaneously obtaining radiological data, specific to the CT scan and to metabolic data, specific to PET. The results are detailed images of an anatomical and functional nature.
In more detail
The PET (Positron Emission Tomography) is a diagnostic technique in Nuclear Medicine that can provide metabolic information on human organs and tissues through a non-invasive procedure that follows the distribution of a radiotracer into the body.
PET images allow a much more precise metabolic and functional assessment; a metabolic alteration occurs much earlier than an anatomical one, thus the ability to identify such a change renders the PET irreplaceable in the functional assessment of a tissue.
The main field of PET involvement is that of oncology even though, especially in recent times, it is used as an imaging tool for neurodegenerative disorders and for risk assessment in cardiovascular diseases. Thanks to the use of PET it is possible to determine the stage of a disease in a more detailed manner, thus limiting the number of invasive diagnostic procedures.
The Dalla Rosa Prati Medical Centre is up to date with new technologies.
The latest PET/CT from General Electric Health installed at the Dalla Rosa Prati Medical Centre is distinguished thanks to the following characteristics: more accurate diagnoses, lower doses of radiation, reduced examination times, and a tailored diagnosis according to the needs of each individual patient.
This type of tomography is among the first installations in the world, and operates since January. It allows to accurately "quantify" lesions recording the variations during treatments at a very early stage, with the advantage of being able to assess the therapy’s accuracy, effectiveness and efficiency.
In addition, the PET/CT is equipped with an innovative 4D technology, which synchronizes the patient’s breathing with the captured image, helping to avoid the non-detection of injuries located on or near organs that are susceptible to movement i.e. lungs and liver.
The provision of PET/CT services at the Dalla Rosa Prati Medical Centre is done in collaboration with the National Health System, as well as the with the medical and administrative management and staff of the Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department. The PET facility at Parma’s Hospital is accredited by the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and the Italian Association of Nuclear Medicine (AIMN).
For information and PET/TC exam appointments please contact the University Hospital of Parma at 0521 703746.
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