PET / CT Scans
Finding Answers for Cancer Patients
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and scary. You want to know the
extent of the disease and what your options are for treatment. A positron
emission tomography (PET) / computerized tomography (CT) can assist your
health care provider in finding out the answers to these important questions.
What Are PET / CT Scans?
A combined PET/CT Scan is the latest, most advanced whole-body imaging
technology used to diagnose and stage cancer. The scan combines PET imaging
to detect actively growing cancer cells and CT imaging to provide a detailed
picture of the inside of the body. CT scans utilize many X-ray images
from different angles and cross-sections to create a complete picture
with much more detail than a traditional X-ray. PET imaging utilizes trace
amounts of radioactive materials to evaluate a potential condition.
The combination of data from the two scans provides a more complete picture,
allowing your health care provider to:
- Diagnose problems
- Determine the extent of disease
- Prescribe treatment
- Track progress
PET/CT services for North Oaks Health System patients are provided at Mary
Bird Perkins Cancer Center, conveniently located on the campus of North
Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. Scan interpretation is then completed
by the board-certified radiologists at North Oaks Imaging Associates.
PET / CT services are provided at the following location:
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
15728 Paul Vega, MD, Drive
Hammond, LA 70403
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, call Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at (225) 215-1501.