PET/CT Imaging at Swedish Cancer Institute offers positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and computed tomography (CT) at Swedish/First Hill, in the Arnold Pavilion, First Floor.
PET/CT imaging is one of the most powerful diagnostic tools that physicians can use to help diagnose and treat patients with cancer. One of the most important advances in imaging has been the fusion of positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT). Using a PET/CT scanner, physicians can view images in three different planes – axial, coronal, and sagittal, with high-quality resolution that they can use to see where disease tissue ends and healthy tissue begins. The scanner also detects the metabolic activity of cells, which helps physicians better understand changes at the cellular level that could be early indications of cancer.
PET/CT exams have proven invaluable in helping oncologists make more accurate diagnosis and staging assessments, choosing the most appropriate therapies, and determining whether or not a therapy is effective against a cancer.
Physicians are using PET/CT exams to help diagnose and assess a variety of cancers, including but not limited to breast, cervical, colorectal, esophageal, gastrointestinal, head and neck, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, multiple myeloma, soft tissue sarcoma and thyroid.
PET/CT Imaging at Swedish Cancer Institute was one of the first in the nation to offer computer-aided advanced lung nodule detection and analysis, a state-of-the-art set of imaging and analysis tools that can benefit patients with lung cancer or patients at risk for lung cancer. Additionally, PET/CT exams help radiation oncologists during treatment planning phase. PET/CT exams help radiation oncologists target the exact location of the tumor for radiation treatment, determine appropriate dosage levels, and minimize damage to healthy tissue in the process.
PET/CT Imaging at Swedish Cancer Institute was developed through a partnership between Swedish Medical Center/Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle Nuclear Medicine, and Tumor Institute Radiation Oncology Group.
You must have a referral from your physician to have a PET/CT exam. To schedule, give us a call. For questions, call us or send us an email.