Spire Hospital Bristol is delighted to announce the launch of a PET/CT service. This will be Bristol’s only PET/CT service as currently the nearest PET/CT service is in Cheltenham. The service will be starting in mid-August 2013 and will offer access to state of the art technology and outstanding service to you and your patients.
The majority of PET/CT scans are performed for oncologic applications mainly for diagnosing, staging and evaluating treatments for cancer patients.
What is PET/CT?
PET/CT captures images of changes in the body's metabolism caused by actively growing cancer cells and provides a detailed picture of the body's internal anatomy that reveals the size, shape and exact location of the abnormal cancerous growths. This enables accurate staging and may avoid unnecessary surgery or invasive procedures.
It can also show the extent of disease. For patients whose cancer is newly diagnosed, A PET scan images the entire body in a single examination, and aids in the detecting the primary site(s) as well as any metastases. A PET/CT scan puts time on the patient’s side since the earlier the diagnosis and the more accurate the assessment of the extent of disease, the better the chance for successful treatment.
Treatment Follow Up
A PET/CT scan can also help monitor the treatment of disease. For example, chemotherapy leads to changes in cellular activity that is observable by PET/CT long before structural changes can be measured. This gives an alternative technique to evaluate treatments earlier, perhaps even leading to modifications in treatment. Furthermore after treatment is complete, a PET/CT scan also allows investigation into suspected recurrence of cancer, revealing tumours that might otherwise be obscured by scar tissue resulting from surgery and radiation therapy.
This service will allow consultants to make positive differences to care management by providing unique and complimentary diagnostic information. This means you'll have increased confidence in their diagnosis and treatment, knowing that consultants have access to state-of-the-art technology and equipment; and a local service reduces the need for patients to travel long distances.