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Positive Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Services

PET is a nuclear medicine procedure that produces pictures of the body's biological functions. Changes in these functions in the body often occur before structural changes in anatomy.

A PET scan can help determine whether a mass is malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous) and is also used to monitor disease treatment such as chemotherapy. The PET scanner detects photons given off by a patient and constructs a three-dimensional image of glucose metabolism in the body. Whole-body PET images can be displayed in three image planes, helping pinpoint normal and abnormal processes. This provides clinicians with information that can’t be obtained by other imaging modalities.

Peer reviewed literature supports the use of PET in detection or staging of these types of cancer: solitary, pulmonary nodule, staging lung cancer, head and neck cancer, colorectal cancer, melanoma, lymphoma, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and other tumors.

Medicare covers PET imaging for characterization of solitary pulmonary nodules, staging of lung cancer, recurrent colorectal cancer, recurrent melanoma and staging lymphoma. Private payers pay for the above indications and other oncology neurology, and cardiac PET imaging studies.

American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation
The High Point Regional Health System PET department is proud to be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Earning this designation means:
  • We have voluntarily gone through a meticulous review process to ensure we meet nationally accepted standards.
  • Our staff is well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret your exams.
  • Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive.
  • Our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines set by the ACR.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Call (336) 878-6037 to make an appointment.