PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan

PET Scan

PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography. It is a procedure that adds an important new dimension to a physician's ability to diagnose and manage disease.

PET is a powerful diagnostic test that is having a major impact on the diagnosis and treatment of disease. PET can detect and stage most cancers, often before they are evident through other tests. PET can also give your physician important early information about heart disease and many neurological disorders, like Alzheimer's. Instead of detecting changes in the physical size or structure of internal organs, as other traditional imaging technologies do, PET detects changes in the cellular function. Since these functional changes take place before physical changes occur, PET can provide information that enables your physician to make an earlier diagnosis or to determine if current treatment is working effectively.

Even if a previous CT or MRI detected disease or abnormalities, PET can help, because PET can often characterize the cellular function early in the course of the disease. These capabilities can translate into faster initiation of the best possible treatment while avoiding more invasive exams or exploratory surgery.

Benefits of PET

  • Painless and safe exam
  • Provides earlier detection of recurrent cancer
  • Differentiates between non-malignant (benign) and malignant tumors
  • Eliminates invasive procedures and multiple tests
  • Avoids unnecessary surgery
  • Assesses the location and the stage of malignant disease accurately
  • Locates previously unknown metastases using a whole body survey
  • Monitors the efficiency of patient care and management
  • Reduces the time to diagnosis and leads to earlier treatment

The exam is virtually painless and can eliminate invasive procedures and tests.

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan at Penn Highlands

Imaging Services at the Penn Highlands Brookville offer PET Scans.

Every other Tuesday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Imaging Services - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands Brookville

100 Hospital Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-849-1880 or 814-849-1870

Imaging Services at the Penn Highlands Clearfield offer PET Scans.

Every other Tuesday
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Imaging Services - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830

Imaging Services at the Penn Highlands DuBois offer PET Scans.

Monday & Thursday
As needed

Imaging Services - DuBoisA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801

Imaging Services at the Penn Highlands Elk offer PET Scans.

7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Imaging Services - ElkA Service of Penn Highlands Elk

763 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857

Imaging Services at the Penn Highlands Huntingdon offer PET Scans.

Two Saturdays Per Month
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Imaging Services - HuntingdonA Service of Penn Highlands Huntingdon

1225 Warm Springs Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652

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