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PCI First in Iowa with Innovative Cancer Detection

November 04, 2015 at 2:01 PM

A first of its kind system, offering the same level of cancer detection, staging and treatment monitoring as the nation's leading cancer centers and research universities, soon will be available right here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The new GE Discovery 710 PET/CT scanner will be installed at PCI in November and will be ready to help with patient treatment by December. It is the only one in Iowa.

The PET/CT scanner features Q.Clear technology that recaptures energy that would have been wasted in older models. It uses that energy to create much clearer, sharper images. 

What does this mean for patients?

  • Identification of the smallest lesions means doctors can catch cancers earlier, treat them sooner and create better outcomes for patients.
  • Shorter scan times. Patients who already don’t feel well won’t have to lie on the scanner bed as long.
  • Less exposure to radiation. This new technology uses half the radiation dose of other machines.

Traditional PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans have been around since the 1980s. It is a unique imaging system that measures metabolism to show the function of physiology of organs and tissue. CT (Computed Tomography) scans provide anatomical information and the detailed structure of bones, organs and tissues. PET and CT images combined provide a complete picture for physicians to observe both function and structure.

PCI is the first in the nation to offer this technology to patients in a private clinic setting (non-hospital setting). 

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Above is an image comparison between a standard PET scan and one enhanced by Q.Clear

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