Positron emission tomography – computed tomography medical imaging method (known as PET-CT or PET/CT) is a technology that unites positron emission tomography (PET) and x-ray computed tomography (CT), obtaining images from both devices in sequence, during a single session. Thus, the obtained PET image depicts the digestive or biochemical activity in an organism, which is reflected in the body’s anatomical structure that is obtained with the help of CT scanning.
If computed tomography and magnetic resonance examinations diagnose the anatomic dimensions and localization of a tumor, then PET diagnostics help obtain more information about the functional nature of the cell body – is it active, inactive, live, dead, malignant, or benign. Thus it is possible to diagnose diseases at a much earlier stage and faster than by performing classical diagnostic examinations.
Nuclear Medicine Center
As of 2016, the PET-CT diagnostic possibility will also be available in Latvia. At the beginning of this coming year, the Nuclear Medicine Center (NMC) will be unveiled in Riga, and it will be the most modern diagnostic and clinical research center of its kind in the Baltics. The goal of its development is to provide diagnosis of oncological diseases in Latvia at the same quality as in the most developed countries of Europe and the world and to manufacture the radionuclides required for diagnosis, which could then be exported to medical centers in other countries.
The specialization of NMC will be precise diagnosis of cancer and heart diseases in their early stages, using the short-lived radionuclides. The availability of such diagnostics in Latvia will be a big enhancement in the radical treatment of cancer, allowing treatment to begin very early.
More about the Nuclear Medicine Center can be found here: www.medvision.lv