Major tumor types:
- Pulmonary Nodules and Lung Cancer
- GI Cancers, including colorectal, esophageal, rectal, stomach, liver mets, and pancreatic cancers
- Head and Neck Cancers
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical, Ovarian, Endometrial, and Uterine Cancers
- Bladder and Kidney Cancers
- Advanced Prostate Cancers
- Heart Disease
PET scans of the heart determine blood flow to the heart muscle and helps evaluate signs of coronary artery disease. These scans can verify that areas of the heart that show decreased function on the imaging are alive or scarred because of a prior heart attack. Combined with a Myocardial Perfusion Study, PET scans can differentiate between nonfunctioning heart muscle and heart muscle that would benefit from a procedure, such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery, to reestablish adequate blood flow and to improve heart function.
- Brain Disorders
PET scans of the brain are performed to evaluate patients with memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, suspected or proven brain tumors, or seizure disorders that are not responsive to medical therapy and make the patient a candidate for surgery.