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Cancer Center

PET/CT

St. Mary Medical Center offers PET/CT services to our patients.  PET/CT imaging is the the latest technological advancement in the fight against cancer. PET/CT provides St. Mary physicians with the most powerful tools available to diagnose and treat many types of cancer.  Better, faster scans translate into more precise cancer treatments and ultimately a greater chance of recovery and improved quality of life for our patients.



This new technology integrates a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner with a 16-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner.   The combination of the two modalities offers significant advantages to either modality alone.  The information obtained from the two scans allows for correlation of any abnormal metabolic activity with the regional anatomy as demonstrated by the CT scan.  This results in greater accuracy than either method alone.  Patients also benefit from less time on the table, faster results, and greater comfort.     

St. Mary Medical Center offers exemplary services and compassionate patient care, and leads the way with state-of-the-art technology. 

This new technology assists physicians in seeing the disease and planning treatment in a single exam. "PET/CT combines two of the most powerful tools in diagnostic imaging," states Paul Weiser, MD, Medical Director, Radiology.  "It can increase the accuracy of detecting disease by localizing physiological changes and determining the exact anatomical location." 

PET/CT fusion imaging has the ability to combine CT structural information with PET's metabolic information into a single set of images.This ability to detect the exact location of a metabolic "hot spot" by overlaying the PET and CT images provides valuable information for physicians in the treatment of cancer and other metabolic diseases. PET/CT can more accurately pinpoint the location of cancer improving treatment recommendations. More than one in three people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime.


PET/CT will assist in cancer care by:

  • Providing information to assist in staging
  • Accurately guiding biopsies
  • Monitoring response to treatment
  • Targeting radiation therapy
  • Detecting early recurrences 
  • Characterizing pulmonary nodules 

The PET/CT will aid in early and accurate disease detection and support our physicians in improving diagnosis and treatment.

Appointments for PET/CT can be made by calling 215.710.6636 or request an appointment online