(September 28, 2010) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC)
is the first facility in the region to have its own PET/CT 600
scanner for cancer treatment. The PET/CT 600 scanner is available
five days a week for body imaging and disease diagnosis. Using the
new technology, physicians can reach an earlier diagnosis, pinpoint
a more accurate tumor location, and better assess how well a
patient is responding to cancer treatment.
The PET/CT 600 can accommodate patients up to 500 pounds and
offers the highest image sensitivity in the industry. It can image
static organs in as little as one second, the lung in as little as
two seconds, and a whole body in less than 10 seconds.
In addition to its use in cancer care, the PET/CT 600 can also
be used in the diagnosis of cardiovascular and neurological
conditions. Both PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT
(Computed Tomography) scans are standard imaging tools used to
pinpoint disease states in the body. A PET scan demonstrates the
biological function of the body before anatomical changes take
place, while the CT scan provides information about the body's
anatomy such as size, shape, and location.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.