Hybrid technology enhances diagnosis and treatment
Combining the power of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with
Computerized Tomography (CT), the PET/CT scanner is setting a new
standard of imaging excellence at Main Line Health Imaging at Bryn Mawr
The Philips Gemini 16 Slice PET/CT Scanner with Brilliance 16 Power CT
technology produces both functional and anatomical images of exceptional
quality in one simple procedure. Designed for maximum imaging
flexibility, ease of use, and patient comfort, the PET/CT captures
highly detailed views of the body in seconds, allowing a wide range of
assessments, such as tracking blood flow in detail through the heart and
assessing tumor activity.
With applications for oncology, cardiology, and neurology, the hybrid
unit offers radiologists unparalleled capabilities for diagnosing
disease, monitoring disease activity, and planning
By studying metabolic activity, PET yields vital information in
cancer cases. It assesses tumor activity and depth, finds
residual cancer cells, and monitors for recurrent disease. PET's
information is so precise, for example, that it can identify if
a spot on a lung is cancerous or not.
CT scans take thin cross-sectional images of the body, akin to
slices of bread, which physicians can rotate, examine, and
correlate on a computer screen. When combined with the
functional information of PET alone, a PET/CT scan provides
precise information on the location of the abnormal metabolic
activity that is associated with tumors on PET scans. This
allows more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
While each imaging test alone is effective to detect numerous
conditions, the ability of the PET/CT to fuse the tests provides
significantly more information on disease location and metabolism.
PET/CT scanning is available at the the following Main Line Health
(located in the Neumann Annex at West Entrance of Hospital)
What Happens Next?
An experienced Main Line Health radiologist will analyze your PET/CT
scans and send a report to your referring physician, who will inform you
on your test results. Results cannot be given directly to the patient or
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.