Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT) imaging offers physicians a unique view of the body's organs and tissue because it records function by showing pictures at the cellular level.
These highly detailed pictures are achieved by injecting sugar mixed with a drug called radioisotope, which is drawn to specific cells in the body. The PET/CT scanner then makes images of the areas that attracted the drug mixture.
PET/CT also shows clear pictures of body parts and can allow physicians to view the child's entire body with one scan.
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Before you arrive
The Children's Radiology departments are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Accreditation by the ACR demonstrates a commitment to quality care and patient safety, setting Children's apart from other radiology centers.