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[cdn-nucl-l] Nuclear Medicine Info
Posted in the Miami Herald on January 31, 2002 and at:
This article was one of those little 'fact finder' boxes in Thursday's
TWO VIEWS OF THE BODY NUCLEAR MEDICINE PROVIDES IMAGES OF THE INNER
WORKINGS OF THE BODY, WITH 10 MILLION TO 12 MILLION PROCEDURES ANNUALLY
IN THE UNITED STATES, ACCORDING TO THE SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE.
Two of its most prominent technologies are positron emission tomography
(PET) and computed tomography (CT).
PET produces a 3D computer-reconstructed image of the molecular workings
of organs and tumors. It's more about function than location.
CT produces a 3D computer-reconstructed image of multiple views of an
organ. It's more about location than function.
The fused PET-CT scanner is designed to enhance images -- and
information -- provided by the individual technologies.
U.S. regulators have approved federal health-insurance reimbursement for
PET-CT scans; federal approval typically presages approval by private
insurance. Among the organ and cancer scans approved: lung, colorectal,
lymphoma, head and neck, melanoma and esophageal.