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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.

Where are PET/CT Services Provided?

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
15728 Paul Vega, MD, Drive
Hammond, LA 70403
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Schedule an Appointment

Call Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at (225) 215-1501.

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