- Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT): Allows physicians to see where disease tissue ends and healthy tissue begins. The scanner detects the metabolic activity of cells, which helps physicians better understand changes at the cellular level that could be early indications of cancer.
- Computed tomography (CT) – Allows physicians to see detailed anatomy of the scanned area of the body. The scanner creates images of bones, muscles, organs and other tissues.
PET/CT imaging is one of the most powerful diagnostic tools that physicians can use to help diagnose and treat patients with cancer. PET/CT exams have proven invaluable in helping oncologists with their management of treatment for patients with cancer, along with their determination of the exact location of the tumor for radiation treatment planning.
About our clinic
PET/CT Imaging at the Swedish Cancer Institute is located in the Swedish First Hill campus, Arnold Pavilion. It was developed and established in 2005 through a partnership between Swedish Medical Center/Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle Nuclear Medicine, and Tumor Institute Radiation Oncology Group. It 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. It was also one of the first in the nation to provide PET/CT 68GA-DOTATATE body imaging (NETSPOT), PET/CT 18F-fluciclovine body imaging (Axumin), and PET/CT 18F-amyloid brain imaging. As more types of PET/CTs become available, PET/CT Imaging at the Swedish Cancer Institute will continue to be on the forefront of their field.
For an appointment
You must have a referral from your physician to have a PET/CT exam.