At the Cancer Center at Wise Regional we are proud to provide our patients with access to the most sophisticated diagnostic technology including PET/CT scans. This advanced imaging tool combines positron emission tomography (PET) with computerized tomography (CT) that allows oncologists to precisely pinpoint the location of cancer. The PET scan works on a molecular level to show the functioning of vital organs and tissues. Abnormal functioning within the tissues or organs can be evidence of a disorder such as cancer. A CT scan shows structural changes in the organs and tissues that can happen as the result of cancer and can pinpoint the location of tumor growth as well as the size of the tumor itself.
These two technologies working in tandem can be enormously effective in not only establishing the presence of cancer but accurately determining its location so that treatment can be appropriately tailored.