PET Imaging

Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is used to assess organ and tissue function, allowing MMI radiologists to diagnose and evaluate disorders of the brain, such as tumors, seizures, heart disease, and other central nervous system conditions.

This type of imaging requires the patient to swallow, inhale, or intravenously receive small amounts of radioactive material to highlight areas of heavy chemical activity, which often correspond to areas of disease. Because PET highlights these areas of concern on such a microscopic level, this technology often detects disease at its earliest, most treatable stage.

MMI radiologists interpret and apply PET imaging scans in a number of subspecializations, including neuroradiology and cardiology imaging. Often, PET images are combined with CT or MRI scans to create specific views in order to obtain the most precise, detailed diagnosis possible.