New Scanners at Riverbend Give Better Look into Body

SPRINGFIELD- Peacehealth’s Riverbend Hospital has received a brand new type of body scanner that combines both PET and CT scanners in order to give doctors a better look at cancers and other illnesses.

“Putting those two things together can help us understand if a nodule is cancerous or perhaps non-cancerous,” Jeff Sharman, M.D., Cancer Physician at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute told the Register Guard.

The new technology is not only faster but it takes both scans together and reads them as a single image, giving health care providers the ability to diagnose cancer, heart disease, and neurological disorders at their earliest stages.

Patients lay on a supported cushion and only subjected to 25 minutes of scanning, whereas before the average time was around 70 minutes.

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