Positron emission tomography (PET) scans show the chemical functioning of organs and tissues, while other imaging techniques — such as X-ray, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT (computed tomography) scans — show structure. That makes PET technology particularly useful for the detection of coronary artery disease.
Our innovative, integrated equipment combines the best of these two imaging technologies. PET permits assessment of myocardial perfusion and metabolism with superior accuracy. The results help our physicians identify the extent of heart disease and know when to recommend revascularization. CT helps to further increase the accuracy of PET by allowing perfect alignment of the cardiac silhouette and chest cage. PET scans take about 90 minutes to perform.