As the Near East University Hospital is the only medical facility on the island that equipped with PET/CT, the latest and state-of-the-art technological scanning system which is available only in rare centers across the world, residents of Southern Cyprus and patients from overseas have begun to come to TRNC to utilize from PET/CT which is the latest and most advanced technique used in diagnosing and guiding the treatment of certain medical conditions, especially cancer and coronary artery diseases.
According to the press release from the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of NEU (Near East University Nicosia, Cyprus), PET/CT, which is available only in the Near East University Hospital in Cyprus, the combined PET/CT scans provide images that pinpoint the location of abnormal metabolic activity caused by the disease and provides opportunity to detect the early onset of disease before any anatomic change is evident. An integrated PET-CT scan combines images from a positron emission tomography (PET) scan and a computed tomography (CT) scan that have been performed at the same time using the same machine. While CT scan provides detailed images of tissues and organs and excellent anatomic information, PET scan measures important functions and metabolic activity of tissues.
Being the latest and most advanced medical imaging technique used to acquire both functional and anatomical images simultaneously, in the same session, PET/CT is used in diagnosing and guiding the treatment of certain medical conditions, especially cancer including lung cancer, thyroid cancer, gynecological cancers like ovarian cancer, endometrial and cervical cancer, and lymphoma, head and neck cancer, primary or metastatic brain tumors, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal tumors, liver and bile tract tumors, breast cancer and bone tumors.
The usage of PET/CT imaging system is not limited only to oncology. PET / CT also plays a key role in determining the epileptic focus in neurological cases such as Alzheimer’s disease and in detecting the presence of live tissue in the cardiac muscle after a heart attack.