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Infirmary Health offers a full line of radiology services at our facilities that include a CT imaging system, MRI, digital mammography, PET scan and PET/CT scan.
A PET/CT scan examines the body’s chemistry. Cancer cells require a great deal of sugar to have enough energy to grow. PET/CT scanning utilizes a radioactive molecule that is similar to glucose, called fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). FDG accumulates within the malignant cells because of their high rate of glucose metabolism. One hour after injection of the FDG tracer, the patient is imaged on the PET/CT scanner to reveal cancer growth that may have been difficult to characterize by conventional CT, MRI or X-ray
The PET/CT scanner enables the combination of two imaging modalities, which can provide additional diagnostic information to the interpreting physician. By monitoring the glucose metabolism, PET/CT provides very sensitive information about the biologic processes within the patient. The CT portion of the study provides detailed information about the location, size and shape of various FDG metabolic lesions to better differentiate active cancerous lesions from normal structures. PET/CT is more accurate than either PET or CT alone.
PET/CT procedures are performed for:
Our 64-slice scanner is one of the most technologically advanced scanners on the Gulf Coast. The multi-slice images allow radiologists and the CT technologists to gain more precise views of the head, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities for quicker and more accurate diagnoses.
Early detection is a proven, successful strategy for fighting many forms of cancer. Mobile Infirmary, Infirmary 65 and Thomas Hospital are now offering a screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) for people who are at high risk for lung cancer, the only recommended screening test for the disease. A lung health nurse navigator is available to answer questions, explain required criteria and assist people in obtaining a physician order for the screening. The navigator can be reached by calling 251-435-2522.
Digital mammography, one of medicine’s most powerful diagnostic procedures, allows for a higher resolution than the standard machines. The state-of-the-art technology increases image quality for more accurate diagnoses.
The MRI uses magnets, radio waves, and computers for highly detailed images of internal organs, muscles, nerves and bones. The technology is often used to diagnose orthopedic injuries, tumors, infections in the brain, spine or joints and strokes in early stages.
On the cutting edge of cancer technology, a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan detects tumors earlier for quicker treatment. It is also used to determine the success of treatments and for staging the progression or return of disease. The procedure is non-invasive and often eliminates the need for invasive procedures.
For scheduling at Mobile Infirmary, call 251-435-2453.
For scheduling at North Baldwin Infirmary, call 251-580-1747.
For scheduling at Infirmary 65, call 251-435-2453.
For scheduling at Infirmary Imaging Center, call 251-435-2453.
For scheduling at Thomas Hospital, call 251-279-1042.
For scheduling at Thomas Medical Center, call 251-279-1042.
For scheduling at Atmore Community Hospital, call 251-368-6399.