KEARNEY – CHI Health Good Samaritan recently added a new $2.6 million Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT) imaging system to its radiology departments. Technology unique to the region, the hIgh-tech images capture changes at the cellular level, identifying diseases like cancer in its early stages.
The system was funded by an anonymous donation to the Hospital Foundation. It replaces a previous PET/CT installed in 2006.
The GE Discovery MI, 64-slice CT with PET imaging visualizes biological activity in the body to help assess infection, inflammation, cardiac viability, cancer, and neurodegenerative processes like dementia. It can also help monitor a patient’s response to treatment.
Using this advanced technology, Good Samaritan radiologists will now be able to detect lesions as small as 4mm, compared to 8-9mm with standard scanners. The system also monitors the patient’s breathing and adjusts for image distortion. Specialists can use these clearer and more precise images for targeted therapies such as radiotherapy.
Additionally, imaging times are expected to decrease by up to 50%, requiring less repositioning and reduced radiation exposure. These improvements are especially important for patients who are short of breath, in pain or need frequent examinations.