Holy Name's combination Discovery LS PET/CT scanning system provides state-of-the-art images to diagnose, stage, treat and monitor cancer. This revolutionary technology combines the capabilities of positron emission tomography (PET), which reveals the biochemical processes under way in an organ, with computed tomography (CT), which displays the anatomical structure. PET/CT scanning helps physicians assess tumors of the brain, lung, colon, breast, head and neck and esophagus and melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers. The PET/CT system assists radiation oncologists at The Regional Cancer Center in treating cancerous tumors more precisely, working with the Medical Center's GE Varian treatment planning and delivery system. Not only does the PET/CT scanning system provide increased accuracy but it also helps determine in mid-course whether treatment is working and if any adjustment is necessary, increasing the patient's chances for treatment success and improving quality of life.
Whole body PET/CT scanning vastly improves identification and staging of tumors with pinpoint determination of location. And by targeting a tumor so precisely, it allows the greatest dose of radiation possible to the smallest volume of tissue. It may also make some biopsies and surgeries unnecessary. Integrated PET/CT provides accurate tumor detection and localization for a variety of cancers, including:
- Head and Neck
Holy Name Medical Center is one of only a handful of Medical Centers in the world to offer cancer patients the benefits of Respiratory Gating. The PET/CT team at Holy Name uses (4D) PET/CT and IMRT (IntensityModulated Radiation Therapy) to treat patients with significant tumor movement. The simple act of breathing significantly impacts the way lung cancers and upper abdominal malignancies are treated. As the lungs expand and contract while inhaling and exhaling, lung tumors move and even change shape, making precise targeting of radiation beams difficult.