PET/CT

Affiliated PET Systems, LLC (“APS”) operates a full-time, fixed 16-slice PET/CT scanner.  This state-of-the-art equipment allows physicians to more effectively diagnose, stage, and monitor therapy for a variety of cancers and to diagnose multiple neurological and cardiac diseases.

We offer a suite of well-appointed rooms specifically designed to provide comfort and convenience for PET/CT patients.  The PET/CT center is an accredited facility through the American College of Radiology.  Also available are a full range of ancillary services, from expert assistance with pre-certifications to free transportation and translation services.

At APS, PET Scans and CT scans are done simultaneously for a more accurate reading of the patient’s findings. With a combined PET/CT, the PET image provides a measurement of metabolic activity and the CT image provides a detailed picture of the internal anatomy.

Being able to see metabolic changes at their earliest stages can be vital in discovering and treating many diseases:

  • Cancer:  PET/CT scans can detect cancer and determine its spread.  They can also be used to examine the effects of cancer therapy by characterizing biochemical changes in the cancer.  These scans can be performed on the whole body.
  • Heart Disease:  PET/CT scans of the heart determine blood flow to the heart muscle and help evaluate signs of coronary artery disease.  PET/CT scans of the heart can verify whether areas of the heart that show decreased function are alive or scarred because of a prior heart attack.  Combined with a Myocardial Perfusion Study, PET/CT scans can differentiate between nonfunctioning heart muscle and heart muscle that would benefit from a procedure, such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery, to reestablish adequate blood flow and to improve heart function.
  • Brain Disorders:  PET/CT scans of the brain are performed to evaluate patients with memory disorders of an undetermined cause, suspected or proven brain tumors, or seizure disorders that are not responsive to medical therapy and make the patient a candidate for surgery.
PET/CT at Affiliated PET Systems in Silver Spring, MD