Cancer Screening Services
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The Downstate PET Center at Methodist is home to the world's first Open PET/CT scanner using the next generation of technology. The open design makes it easier and more comfortable for patients. The Phillips Gemini GXL is also the world's most sensitive PET/CT scanner. PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT (Computerized Tomography) are imaging tools that help doctors pinpoint the location of cancer within the body. PET scans can detect actively growing cancer cells while the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the location, size, and shape of cancerous growths. By combining the technologies, doctors can get complete information on cancer activity and location at one time. PET used alone can also help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's, other neurological diseases, and heart disease, and is used to evaluate patients prior to brain surgery in severe cases of epilepsy.
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