Raleigh Radiology Welcomes Delivery of State-of-the-Art PET/CT Scanner
DECEMBER 2020: This month, in a joint venture with WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh Radiology is pleased to announce the installation of its first PET/CT scanner. The Siemens Healthineers Biograph Vision is the latest, next generation of PET/CT scanners that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced imaging to detect even the smallest lesions with less exposure to radiation. 210 PET Imaging is located at the new 210 Ashville Avenue office building in the Medical Park of Cary just behind WakeMed Cary Hospital. The new PET/CT scanner will be open to new patients in late January.
The Many Benefits of PET/CT Technology
PET/CT technology provides a higher degree of sensitivity and specificity for disease than any other imaging modality. Generally speaking, CT technology is an excellent imaging tool to help radiologists see detailed imaged of tissues and organs within the body – showing exactly where a mass or lesion may be. PET technology uses radioactive imaging agents such as fluorodeoxyglucose F 18, or FDG to detect metabolic activity that could indicate the presence of cancer. This allows radiologists to differentiate between cancerous and noncancerous lesions in the body.
The fusion of the two technologies in a PET/CT scanner provides a wide range of benefits, including:
- Eliminating the need for invasive procedures or surgeries such as painful biopsies or other procedures.
- Providing early diagnosis since PET/CT can show pathological changes earlier than they would show up on CT or MRI alone.
- Providing accurate disease staging and location for biopsy, surgery or treatment planning.
- Assessing response to and effectiveness of treatment, which can help oncologists make informed therapy decisions.
“This technology allows us to see and detect activity we can’t find on CT or MRI, and using Siemens’ latest, state-of-the-art equipment will allow us to provide a higher level of support for local oncology community,” relates nuclear medicine radiologist Dr. Kirk Peterson.
Areas of Specialty for PET/CT
PET/CT is used in a wide range of medical specialties, from oncology and neurology to cardiology and pulmonary applications. In the world of oncology, PET/CT is often used to detect breast cancer, lung cancer, stomach and pancreatic cancer, GI tumors, lymphoma, melanoma and much more. Because of its high degree of specificity, PET/CT is very helpful for radiation treatment planning.
Bringing Decades of PET Expertise
Raleigh Radiology’s nuclear medicine team has decades of expertise in reviewing and evaluating PET/CT studies – and our nuclear medicine radiologists are thrilled to welcome this new technology. “We are so thrilled to establish a new PET practice here at Raleigh Radiology,” explains nuclear medicine radiologist and department chair Dr. Andrew Moran. “I see at least a dozen patients a day who I know will benefit from the advanced imaging provided by PET/CT technology. Our team is thrilled to provide a higher level of imaging to the many patients we serve.”
The Future of PET/CT
While PET/CT is an extraordinary tool today, the future is even more exciting for radiologists, oncologists and specialists alike. Emerging technologies in PET/CT include the introduction of new radioactive imaging agents that can be used to image specific cancers such as prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, gastric cancer and cancers of the head and neck. Many of these technologies are in development and will provide valuable information to help oncologists evaluate, treat and monitor patients with various types of cancer. Furthermore, a new field within Molecular Imaging (nuclear medicine, PET) called theranostics will ultimately allow radiologists to treat certain cancers using radioactive particles that will attach to tracers to ablate tumors.
Our WakeMed Partnership
Raleigh Radiology is proud to be the exclusive imaging partner of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, reading thousands of imaging studies each week for patients inside the hospital and through WakeMed’s outpatient imaging sites. Working together, we aim provide the latest technology, convenient access and prompt testing and results for our patients.
210 Ashville Avenue
Andrew Moran, MD
Chair, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Safety Officer, Nuclear Medicine/PET and Abdominal Imaging Radiologist
Kirk Peterson, MD
Chair of Radiology, WakeMed Raleigh and WakeMed North, Abdominal Imaging and Nuclear Medicine Radiologist
PET/CT Imaging Operations Manager