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PET/CT scan for ovarian cancer

What is a PET/CT scan?

This advanced nuclear imaging technique combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) into once machine. A PET/CT scan reveals information about both the structure and function of cells and tissues in the body during a single imaging session.

During a PET/CT scan, the patient is first injected with a glucose (sugar) solution that contains a very small amount of radioactive material. The substance is absorbed by the particular organs or tissues being examined. The patient rests on a table and slides into a large tunnel-shaped scanner. The PET/CT scanner is then able to "see" damaged or cancerous cells where the glucose is being taken up (cancer cells often use more glucose than normal cells) and the rate at which the tumor is using the glucose (which can help determine the tumor grade). The procedure is painless and varies in length, depending on the part of the body that is being evaluated.

By combining information about the body's anatomy and metabolic function, a PET/CT scan provides a more detailed picture of cancerous tissues than either test does alone. The images are captured in a single scan which provides a high level of accuracy.

PET/CT scan medical animation

Video: Discovery PET/CT 600 scanner

Learn about the Discovery PET/CT 600 scanner

PET/CT scan for ovarian cancer

This technology shows what is happening in the body at a cellular level, before any tumors may be present. We will use PET/CT to investigate rising CA-125 levels or a suspicious spot on a CT scan, to determine whether there is cancerous activity in the ovaries or elsewhere in the body.

  • GE Discovery™ PET/CT 600 scanner – This state-of-the-art four-dimensional CT scanner produces detailed cross-sectional X-ray images of structures within the body. It also enables our radiologists to plan treatment in accordance with patients' breathing patterns.
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