MOLECULAR IMAGING IN DAY TODAY PRACTICE
PET/CT [Positron Emission Tomography] and Medical Cyclotron
HCG is pioneer in cancer care and also nuclear medicine diagnostic facilities in India. HCG has installed a state of the art PET CT scanning facility and also a medical cyclotron facility. Medical cyclotron facility is the only cGMP facility in the country thus providing very high quality isotope production facility which meets US FDA and EU norms. Cyclotron and state of the art laboratory produces a variety of PET-Tracers also called as radioactive molecules which are used for diagnosis of various illnesses. These molecules are injected intravenously and images are acquired using a PETCT scanner. HCG is providing a facility of international standards in cancer care and Nuclear Medicine diagnostic facilities in the country.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) are both standard imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body before making treatment recommendations.
The highly sensitive PET scan detects the metabolic signal of actively growing cancer cells in the body and the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the internal anatomy that reveals the location, size and shape of abnormal cancerous growths.
Alone, each imaging test has particular benefits and limitations but when the results of PET and CT scans are "fused" together, the combined image provides complete information on cancer location and metabolism.
One can have both scans - PET and CT - done at the same time. Duration for carrying out whole body PETCT scan is 20 minutes.
GE pettrace 16.5 Mev Cyclotrn GE Discovery STE PETCT SCANNER
PET-CT Scan is useful for ...
• Cancer diagnosis.
• To assess tumor aggressiveness
• To monitor success of therapy [surgical, chemotherapy or radiotherapy]
• To detect early any recurrent tumors
• To provide a whole-body survey for cancer that may have spread
• To identify benign and malignant growths
• Used for radioguided surgery
• Used for PET guided radiotherapy
• To determine what heart tissue is still alive following a suspected heart attack
• To predict success of angioplasty (balloon, stent) or bypass surgery
• To determine if coronary arteries are blocked
• PET guided evaluation for heart muscle viability [ only center having this facility]
• To diagnose Alzheimer's and other dementia
• To determine the location of epileptic seizures prior to surgery
• To diagnose movement disorders like Parkinson's disease
• To diagnose brain tumors and response to treatment