Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
In a continuation of our tradition to provide you with the latest in cutting-edge technology, UAMS offers Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans that are simple, painless and fast for patients.
Providing you and your family with life-saving information, this specialized diagnostic test checks the function of body tissues and organs. This tool used by our professional, compassionate doctors as part of our comprehensive radiology services measures blood flow, oxygen use and sugar metabolism.
We believe that you should have only the best treatment and technology available to take care of your health care needs. The hybrid PET-CT technology we use at UAMS combines two powerful imaging technologies, PET and computer tomography (CT), into one scanner, providing our doctors with unique information for assessing cancer sites, heart disease and neurology disorders. PET may also be used to follow the progress of the treatment or development of various forms of cancer, including lung, breast, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
While PET scans show changes in a patient’s cells and assists doctors in seeing variations in the body’s metabolism even before those changes are seen in the anatomy, CT scanning shows detailed images of the body’s anatomy and internal structures. By detecting and diagnosing diseases early, you can begin treatment quickly, which gives you control over critical and vital health care decisions.
Isotopes used in PET scanning at PET centers all across Arkansas are manufactured here on site at UAMS, ensuring the highest quality in testing while improving patient care and lowering medical costs.
The PET/CT procedure is used in conjunction with other tests to provide personalized care to you.