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AI integrated PET-CT launched in Hyderabad

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The use of PET scans will also help the doctors to more accurately detect the presence and location of new or recurrent cancers.

Hyderabad: A State-of-the-art ‘Artificial Intelligence integrated PET/CT was inaugurated by Dr. G Srinivas Rao, Director of Public Health & Family Welfare, Government of Telangana in the Nuclear Medicine Department at Yashoda Hospitals in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The new scanner is now two times faster than the old generation scanners primarily due to the advanced technology known as “Time of Flight”. The scanner provides best quality images with reduced scanning duration and lesser radiation dose. Said Dr. G. Srinivasa Rao, Director of Public Health & Family Welfare, Government of Telangana.

Apart from the newly upgraded imaging of FDG PET/CT, the department provides advanced and rare imaging like Ga-68 DOTA, Ga-68 PSMA, 18F DOPA PET/CTs, DAT imaging & WBC scans, apart from routine Gamma imaging like bone scan & renal scintigraphy.

The Combined PET/CT Scan at Yashoda Hospitals, Somajiguda merges PET and CT images and provides detailed information about the size, shape and differentiating cancerous lesions from normal structures with accuracy. It is a diagnostic examination that combines two state of the art imaging modalities and produces 3 dimensional (3D) images of the body based on the detection of radiation from the emission of positrons. It helps in early detection of cancer and any potential health problem that reveals how the tissues and organs are functioning by identifying a variety of conditions.

Dr. Hrushikesh Aurangabadkar and Dr. A Naveen Kumar Reddy, Consultants in Nuclear Medicine while explaining about the PET/CT said, “The cancer cells require a great deal of sugar, or glucose, to have enough energy to grow. PET scanning utilizes a radioactive molecule that is similar to glucose, called fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). FDG accumulates within malignant cells because of their high rate of glucose metabolism. Once injected with this agent, the patient is imaged on the whole body PET scanner to reveal cancer growth, which are usually difficult to characterize by conventional CT, X-Ray, or MRI”.

With this new technology, motion artifacts caused by respiration can be decreased and accurate diagnosis achieved. – New Generation PET scan – Time of flight technology – Reduced scan duration by 50% and radiation exposure – High Definition images – 4D PET-CT (Motion sensors)

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