Positron emission tomography (PET) is a medical imaging exam that requires placement of radioactive material in your body to create images using a special camera. PET is a type of nuclear medicine study that is usually combined with computed tomography (CT), called a PET-CT. The main use of PET-CT is for detecting and differentiating disease process that affect the body, including many cancers. 

PET-CT is performed at the Mercy Health Partners Mercy Hospital campus location and can usually be scheduled within 1-2 weeks. PET-CT is most often utilized to diagnose a new or suspected disease process. It is also used to exclude disease processes and assess the effectiveness of therapeutic treatments given between exams. We have highly skilled fellowship trained radiologists dedicated to interpreting your PET-CT exam usually within 24-48 hours. The cost of most PET-CT exams is covered by private insurance or Medicare/Medicaid plans.