MUMC Offers Breakthrough Medical Device for Cancer Patients

(September 28, 2010) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) is the first facility in the region to have its own PET/CT 600 scanner for cancer treatment. The PET/CT 600 scanner is available five days a week for body imaging and disease diagnosis. Using the new technology, physicians can reach an earlier diagnosis, pinpoint a more accurate tumor location, and better assess how well a patient is responding to cancer treatment.

The PET/CT 600 can accommodate patients up to 500 pounds and offers the highest image sensitivity in the industry. It can image static organs in as little as one second, the lung in as little as two seconds, and a whole body in less than 10 seconds.

In addition to its use in cancer care, the PET/CT 600 can also be used in the diagnosis of cardiovascular and neurological conditions. Both PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT (Computed Tomography) scans are standard imaging tools used to pinpoint disease states in the body. A PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the body's anatomy such as size, shape, and location.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.