Innovative PET/CT Scanner Installed in Sacramento

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Sacramento, CA – November 2010 - Northern California PET Imaging Center, a not-forprofit, community benefit organization, announces the installation of the newest innovation in PET/CT scanners. Located in midtown Sacramento, this scanner offers patients the highest quality PET/CT scans possible at half the time without sacrificing quality, and yet, able to reduce their radiation exposure.

The new Siemens Biograph Ultra High Definition mCT Scanner uses the newest software allowing the highest performance available anywhere. In a nutshell, this means high definition with resolution of 2mm throughout the field of view producing clearer images, a reduction in scan time by half , all with less radiation exposure to the patient.

"We are extremely excited to bring this new technology to northern California. Physicians and their patients can benefit from its unique performance capabilities," says Ruth Tesar, CEO. "Pediatric patients will definitely benefit from this scanner because of the fast scan times of 5-10 minutes with less radiation exposure. This scanner also has the largest open bore made with a 500-pound capacity that will allow very large or claustrophobic patients the comfort of knowing they can get the highest quality scan possible in 10-15 minutes compared to 25-40 minutes with other scanners utilized in the Sacramento area. This is a huge improvement."

Ms. Tesar continues to say, "Patients and physicians usually do have a choice of where they receive their PET/CT services, and because this scanner has unique capabilities, it is important for them to understand the difference."

PET/CT scans combine the structural detail of CT with PET’s ability to detect changes in cell function in order to identify both the presence of disease and its precise location. Abnormal changes can help detect cancer, brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease such as coronary artery disease.

"Images obtained on the new scanner are excellent. Even on very large patients, the images are clearer, with less background noise, making it easier to identify and evaluate significant lesions," comments Dr. Steve Falen, Medical Director. "Our mission at Northern California PET Imaging Center is to be a leader in molecular imaging and to serve as a resource for our community. Patient-oriented service, clinical excellence, and clinical research continue to be an important part of who we are."

About Northern California PET Imaging Center

Northern California PET Imaging Center was established as a not-for-profit, community benefit organization in 1992, committed to providing Positron Emission Tomography Services to the northern California region. NCPIC is the result of joint sponsorship between Mercy Healthcare, Sacramento and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Since that time, NCPIC has continued to be the premier PET resource for Northern California utilizing high resolution scanners at six locations, providing Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) with a Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) scanner and a cyclotron to produce radiopharmaceuticals used for Molecular Imaging.

For more information, call 916.737.3211

This entry was posted on November 15, 2010