The founder of PET/CT at Las Colinas discusses the benefits of a new screening protocol.
Irving, TX, Oct 14, 2015 – Finding and destroying blood clots that are hidden in the body is often the key to saving the lives of patients who suffer from strokes or pulmonary embolisms. While diagnostic tests can offer insights on the locations of some clots, this is not always the case. Some clots remain hidden to current imaging procedures, which means they may go unnoticed while posing mortality risks. A new technique involving the use of a special tracer agent and a whole-body PET scan may soon change all that.
“The new agent is showing a great deal of promise in helping doctors see hidden clots while also assisting them in determining the composition of clots,” says Rr. Gregory Echt, founder of PET/CT of Las Colinas. “This can prove crucial for the application of life-saving treatments after strokes or embolisms have occurred.
When we understand the composition of a clot, it is much easier to determine what, if any, treatment would be effective at dissolving it to potentially save a life.”
The new research comes out of Massachusetts General Hospital where researchers have developed a probing agent called 64Cu-FBP8. This agent enables PET scans to pick up clots in all locations of the body when a whole-body scan is performed. The agent enables a faster diagnosis with the added bonus of offering insights into clot composition.
Blood clots are a leading cause of illness and death. Often left undetected, clots can block the flow of blood, and subsequently oxygen, to major organs in the body. While other methods exist for locating clots, they are problematic at best and may involve a great deal of time and multiple scanning procedures.
“Further study must be performed before this agent might be considered for wide-scale use,” says Dr. Echt. “The promise, however, is quite strong. Should human trails perform well this agent may very well become a major lifesaver in the next several years.”
About PET/CT of Las Colinas
is dedicated to the care and wellbeing of our patients. We understand that the foundation of a successful treatment plan – or a clean bill of health – begins with sophisticated, accurate imagery. We look forward to providing you with the highest level of care.Our imaging center is located conveniently across the highway from the Las Colinas Medical Center within the Las Colinas Cancer Center on Highway 161 in Irving, TX. and – once here – we offer hassle-free curbside parking.