The founder of PET/CT at Las Colinas discusses the benefits or full-body scans for more accurate diagnosis.
Irving, TX, July 20, 2015 – A breakthrough in positron emission tomography (PET) imaging may soon give doctors across the country a better ability to “see” exactly where cancer is in the body and whether or not it has spread. This type of insight comes courtesy of a new tracer agent that’s been combined with dynamic whole-body PET scanning to deliver more accurate cancer screening results.
“The benefits of dynamic whole-body scans are not yet widely available, but this method is showing tremendous promise for the future,” says Dr. Gregory Echt, founder of . “By enabling a more accurate and holistic look inside the body, this type of scan may one day enable clinicians to readily pinpoint all areas of concern long before treatments begin.”
A recent study that focused on 16 lung cancer patients demonstrates the value these scans coupled with the new imaging agent offer. The trial involved the use of the dynamic scan, which entails multiple PET bed positions to deliver a more complete look inside the body. Researchers found the technique coupled with the new agent enabled them not only to locate primary tumors easier, but also metastases that were scattered throughout the body.
Radiological researchers involved in the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School study say the combined process could greatly improve diagnostic and treatment methods someday soon. More study and regulatory approval for the tracer agent, however, is required before the procedure can enjoy widespread use.
“While this application may take time to fully develop, it offers great hope for the treatment of lung cancer and a host of other cancers in the future,” Dr. Echt says. “The potential of this particular advancement makes it tremendously exciting as we strive to improve cancer treatments and patient outcomes.”