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Imaging and Radiology

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan

Positron emission tomography (PET) at the hospitals of Methodist Health System

What is PET imaging?

Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, also called a PET scan or PET/CT, uses subatomic particles and special cameras to get information about the structure and function of organs and systems throughout the body.

A PET scan can detect cancer and measure the effects of cancer therapy. It can also give information about blood flow to the heart muscle and other aspects of heart function.

Who needs PET imaging?

A PET scan may be performed on someone who has cancer, heart disease, memory problems, suspected or known brain tumors, or seizure disorders that aren’t relieved with traditional treatments.

Where is this test performed?
PET imaging is available by the order of a physician and is available at:

Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Methodist Richardson Medical Center


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Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, or any other affiliated institution.

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