Combining a PET scan with an MRI or CT scan can help make the images easier to interpret. At left is a CT scan, while the center image is from a PET scanner. The image on the right is a combined CT-PET scan. The bright spot in the chest, seen best on the PET and CT-PET scans, is lung cancer.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Beginning in mid-November, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire will offer positron emission tomography (PET) scans within the Radiology Department instead of through a mobile service as has been done for the past 15 years.
Mayo Clinic Health System will be the only health care provider in the area to offer the service in-house.
A PET scan is an imaging test that checks for diseases in the body. A scan can help identify a variety of conditions, including many cancers, heart disease and brain disorders. The scan uses a special dye with radioactive tracers injected into a vein in the arm, and organs and tissues absorb the tracer.
A PET scan potentially can detect disease before it shows up on other imaging tests. Often, PET scan images are combined with other scans to create special views.
“This service will improve the quality of care and access for our patients,” says Tim Hagmann, administrative director of Radiology. “As cancer rates continue to increase, the need to have this equipment and offer this service full time has increased dramatically. Having an in-house PET scanner is going to be wonderful for our patients.”
Hagmann says the scanner is the newest generation PET scan system, which is similar to the system used at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
“We worked collaboratively with Rochester to make sure we had all the necessary options for our patients” says Hagmann. “We are grateful we can offer this service to our patients locally.”
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