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Fall 2008

PET-CTs at UCSF Medical Center

When traditional imaging modalities do not reveal enough information, radiologists have begun turning to PET-CT scans. Because positron emission tomography (PET) detects the metabolic signal of actively growing cancer cells in the body and computerized tomography (CT) provides a detailed picture of the location, size and shape of abnormal, cancerous growths, the combined image provides the most complete information possible on cancer location and metabolism. In most cases at the UCSF Imaging Center at China Basin, a radiologist can interpret a scan and return results to the referring physician within 24 to 48 hours.

To contact the UCSF Imaging Center at China Basin, call (415) 353-4500.

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