RRH offers mobile PET/CT

RRH offers mobile PET/CTRidgecrest Regional Hospital announced this week that it has partnered with Alliance Healthcare to offer positron emission tomography and computed Tomography service.

PET uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers or radiopharmaceuticals, a special camera and a computer to evaluate organ and tissue functions.

By identifying changes at the cellular level, PET may detect the early onset of disease before other imaging tests can. The mobile PET/CT unit saw its first patients in November and will continue to be available on a bi-weekly basis.

“With the growth of our oncology department and our continued commitment to our patients, we are extremely excited to offer the convenience of PET right here at RRH,” said Charles Pietrangelo, director of business development.

“Patients no longer need to travel hours to have a PET scan. And they can be confident that the exam they are receiving is of the highest quality.”

“The ability to offer PET scans in our community is such a wonderful addition to our services, particularly for our oncology patients,” said Shantell Utley, clinical manager of the RRH Outpatient Pavilion and Cancer Center.

“It offers state of the art technology right at our fingertips. This will decrease patients’ travel time and costs and most importantly keep them at home where they are most comfortable.”

With the advanced technology of the Siemens Biograph mCT Flow PET/CT scanner, patients and providers can expect:

• Lower radiation exposure

• Observation of every organ in the finest detail

• Reduced scan times

• Increased patient comfort with a larger, open 78-cm bore

• Exceptional image quality for more advanced lesion detection

The RRH Radiology group, Renaissance Imaging, will continue to interpret these PET/CT scans as they do other imaging for the facility.

For scheduling, call the radiology department at 760-499-3702.

Story First Published: 2019-12-13