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What is a PET-CT Scan and what are its benefits?
This imaging procedure combines the images from two different but complementary scans – the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan, which shows how cells in the body function; and the Computed Tomography (CT) scan, which shows the anatomic structure of the body. It allows doctors to identify significant cellular changes and confirm the location of lesions. The scan is done with the aid of radiotracers (radioactive pharmaceutical) and sometimes with contrast media, depending on the doctor’s request.
What is Oncologic PET?
MakatiMed offers Oncologic PET which focuses on the diagnosis and evaluation of various types of cancers. This particular scan uses the radiotracer FDG (fluorodeoxyglucose), a radioactive form of sugar, to look for cancer cells in the patient’s body. The scan can help with the following:
  • Location of cancer cells that use up more glucose than normal cells
  • Evaluation of the extent of the cancer
  • Monitoring of cancer treatment
  • Identification of cancer recurrence
The information obtained from these studies have also been shown to direct a change in patient treatment in one (1) of every three (3) cases.
In some examinations, another form of radiotracer may be used and the appropriateness will be decided by the Attending and PET Physician. These radiotracers are injected intravenously and have no known side effects.
An FDG PET-CT Scan can aid in the diagnosis and staging of various types of cancer including, but not limited to:
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Myeloma
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
It should be noted that there are some conditions that can mimic cancer just as there are some cancers that cannot be detected.
Chairperson of the Department of Radiology:
Jackson U. Dy, MD
Section Head:
Marie Rhiamar R. Sauler-Gomez, MD