PET/CT Fusion Imaging
PET/CT fusion imaging allows physicians to better detect where active tumors are located within the body, especially those that are hard to find in a typical X-ray. The positron emission tomography (PET) portion of the scan involves a special glucose that targets tumors and makes them show up brightly on the imaging screen. PET scans not only show where tumors are, but they also show over time how successful a treatment is and whether there needs to be a change. The computed tomography (CT) scan is an X-ray of the cross-section of the body. These two scans are combined on one image for the pediatric oncologist to visibly show where the cancer is and how it will be treated.