A combination of positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) imaging is a new subsection of the University of Mississippi Medical Center radiology department.
The PET/CT scanner, currently one of only a few in the world, offers very detailed image resolution and efficiency of imaging time. It offers a unique hybrid form of imaging by combining the anatomical imaging of CT with the functional imaging of positrons, which provides a more complete picture of patients with cancer, cardiac abnormalities, dementia, and infection/inflammation.
Currently, our main focus is serving the needs of our adult and pediatric cancer patients and their referring physicians. The scanner is not only used for diagnosis but also for radiation therapy planning.
The UMMC radiology department has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in PET/CT imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards.