PET/CT scanning is a revolutionary tool that ensures patients’ are diagnosed more quickly and with a greater degree of accuracy for certain diseases like cancer, heart disease and brain disorders as compared with other traditional forms of imaging such as MRI and CT. And for the first time it is now available right here in Windsor-Essex.

When PET and CT scans are performed on the same scanner and at the same time, the combined image provides complementary information which enables physicians to more accurately diagnose and identify cancers, heart disease and brain disorders. PET/CT is valuable because it combines the pathological information with the anatomical giving your doctor a large amount of information to make the most informed decisions.

A PET/CT scan can depict both technologies using a single machine. It provides a picture of function (PET), a picture of anatomy (CT) and a merged picture of both the body’s metabolism and structure. PET is an acronym for Positron Emission Tomography. PET is a test that uses special imaging and a radioactive type of sugar to produce pictures of the body function and metabolism of cells in the body. CT stands for Computed Tomography. CT is an X-ray test that generates a detailed view of the anatomy or structure of organs and tissues in the body.

Dr. Kevin Tracey, a renowned specialist in nuclear medicine, recently set up an Independent Health Facility (IHF) for PET/CT scanning in the Windsor region. He has named this facility Precision Diagnostic Imaging (PDI).

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has allowed the introduction and establishment of IHFs in order to increase access to certain specialty services that are difficult to obtain in some regions, like access to PET/CT scanning, now considered to be the gold standard of diagnostic imaging.

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