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What Is a PET Scan?

PET ScanPeninsula Radiology offers multiple diagnostic tests that are intended to diagnose diseases that are hidden from the naked eye.  While many people know the names of the different types of tests and scans, most do not know what the scans are intended to do.  One of the types of tests that is commonly performed at Peninsula Radiological Associates is a PET scan.

What is a PET scan?

A positron emission tomography, more commonly known as PET, is a type of procedure used to scan for possible diseases inside of your body. It uses gamma rays given off by a tracer to make a 3D image of the interior of your body possible. The way this works is that you are given the tracer, which is swallowed or injected, and it gives off low levels of radiation that the machine can pick up on, allowing it to map the inside of your body. It is a painless procedure, and has few risks associated with it. At the longest, the radiotracer will be out of your system within a day.

Why get a PET scan?

It’s an easy procedure that can detect and measure numerous things about the body, with the most important and often the most relevant being your oxygen use and blood flow. The scan is simple and non-invasive.

Why a PET scan over something else?

A lot of very dangerous diseases can be detected earlier with the aid of a PET scan, from cancer to brain disorders. The test can give you early warning for life-threatening diseases.  It can also detect the stages of heart disease, and can prevent stroke and heart attacks if the disease is found early.

In short, a PET scan is a relatively easy test to perform that can help to diagnose life threatening health situations. If your doctor recommends it, then it is a procedure that could very well save your life.

If you have been advised or referred for a PET scan, contact our office for an appointment with one of our radiology professionals.  Our team of providers has the experience and skill to provide outstanding health services in a compassionate, caring environment.

 

Understanding Radiology

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 2.04.32 PMWhat is Radiology?

The field of radiology began with the discovery of X-radiation by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. Since then, radiology has evolved tremendously. These days, radiology is central to the clinical practice of medicine across a wide range of disciplines. It is the best practical way to diagnose, monitor treatment and detect progression or relapse of many important and common diseases in a minimally invasive manner.

What is the role of a Radiologist? 

Radiologists specialize in producing pictures of the human body using state-of-the-art imaging technology, such as X-rays, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These medical specialists are central members of the multidisciplinary clinical care team who play a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries within adults and children, including babies and unborn fetuses.

Radiological Procedures

Since Peninsula Radiological Associates is affiliated with the esteemed Riverside Health System, patients are offered the following specialties and services:

•    CAT Scans, which display several different types of tissue
•    X-rays, which identify and treat bone fractures
•    DEXA Scans, which measure bone loss and density
•    Embolization, which stop blood supply to destructive tumors
•    MRI, which diagnose cancer, vascular disease, and neurological disorders
•    Musculoskeletal imaging, which pinpoint spinal disorders and arthritis
•    Nuclear medicine, such as PET scans, which evaluate respiratory problems and organ function
•    Radiofrequency Ablation, which locate and eliminate tumors using electrical energy

Of course, there are several other imaging procedures available through the dependable care of our board-certified radiologists Women’s Imaging, for example, includes a wide range of valuable services related to breast cancer, such as digital mammography and image guided biopsy.

We strongly encourage patient education, and are always ready and willing to answer any questions regarding your health.

What is Musculoskeletal Radiology?

Dr. infront of MRi pictures

Dr. Jon Zachary Elliott, D. O.

The subspecialty of musculoskeletal radiology includes the evaluation of the soft tissues and bone of the upper and lower extremities.  The skull (calvarium) and spine are also routinely evaluated by a musculoskeletal radiologist. However a separate subspecialty, Neuroradiology, also evaluates the same types of exams when evaluating a neurologic complaint.  A Subspecialty training in musculoskeletal radiology typically includes one additional year of fellowship, following a 5-year diagnostic radiology residency and medical school.

Many types of imaging exams are used to evaluate the musculoskeletal system. Some of which include- X-rays/CT scans/ultrasound/MRI/nuclear medicine bone scans/bone mineral density (DEXA).

Musculoskeletal radiologists evaluate traumatic injuries and evaluate the post-operative healing process. Different kinds of arthritis are often diagnosed by x-rays.  Sports related injuries such as rotator cuff tears, and tears of the menisci of the knees, for example, are commonly diagnosed injuries on MRI. Soft tissue, and bone tumors are also evaluated by a MSK radiologist.

The large variety of imaging techniques used in radiology each have their advantages and disadvantages. While evaluating a patient, an important role of a musculoskeletal radiologist is to determine what technology is appropriate, and most effective to diagnose a certain concern or complaint. The question as to what exam is most appropriate to order is a common question that radiologists get on a daily basis from referring doctors.

To create a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for every patient, MSK radiologists collaborate with both primary care and specialty trained physicians. MSK radiologists also work closely with orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, and oncologists.

Dr. Jon Zachary Elliott joined Peninsula Radiology Associates in 2010 as a Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Specialist. He received  his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Elliott completed his Radiology Residency at Penn State/Hershey Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. After his Residency, Dr. Elliott was a Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellow and Instructor at the Medical University of South Carolina. He served for the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Surgeon at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.