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KRMC uses PET/CT to detect breast cancer

KINGMAN - Kingman Regional Medical Center has installed a positron emission tomography/computerized tomography scanner that provides physicians with the capability to detect cancer and pinpoint its location within the body without an invasive procedure.

Previously, the hospital made use of a mobile PET/CT scanner that was available just one day a week. With the permanent implementation of a PET/CT, KRMC can serve more patients on a daily basis and eliminate a significant backlog of people waiting for the test.

Clinical research data has proven that PET/CT scanning is superior to conventional imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of various types of cancers.

The new PET/CT scanner at KRMC combines two state-of-the-art imaging technologies, PET and CT in one machine. The highly sensitive PET detects actively growing cancer cells in the body. The CT scan provides a detailed picture of the patient's internal anatomy. Alone, each imaging test has particular benefits and limitations. The PET/CT scanner merges PET and CT together, which produces a combined image that shows if cancerous cells exist and if so, shows their exact location in the body.

With PET/CT technology, physicians are better able to detect cancer, discover if cancer has spread to other areas, assess the effectiveness of treatment and determine if a cancer has returned after treatment.

The implementation of the PET/CT scanner is one more addition to KRMC's array of advanced technologies and specialized expertise to fight cancer. Rarely does a rural community have access to such state-of-the-art cancer services.