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PA Hospital PET CT service providing 10 years of confidence to patients

30 July 2021

The Positron Emission Technology (PET) CT is celebrating ten years of service at the Princess Alexandra Hospital with services continuing to grow year on year.

PA Hospital (PAH) Nuclear Medicine Technologist, James Turner, said the expanding role of the technology in personalised patient management will see the level of service continue to increase.

“The initial year of service in 2011 saw, on average, five scans per day,” he said. “Now, the team of technologists, radiographers, medical staff, nurses and administration staff work together to perform up to 16 PET scans each day for different clinics across the hospital,” James said.

PET works by combining the technologies of PET and CT to reveal the metabolic differences between normal and diseased tissue, imaging that Assistant Director of Nuclear Medicine Dr Stanley Ngai said is a valuable tool for diagnosis, staging and restaging of multiple cancer conditions. 

“PET technology has significantly improved over the last 10 years and it is estimated that we have provided over 35000 PET scans over that time for patients from Queensland and northern NSW,” said Dr Ngai

PA Hospital became the home to the southern hemisphere’s first clinical PET MRI machine and the hospital remains the only PET service in Queensland to have access to both clinical PET CT and PET MRI from the one facility.

“The PET CT and PET MRI have different values to contribute to the process of cancer treatment and having both of these options at PAH enables our clinicians to form the most effective treatment plan for individual cancers,” he said.

“PET imaging offers superior capability compared to conventional imaging for treatment of cancer.  The biggest benefit for our patients is the knowledge that it can pick up lesions that are not detectable by conventional imaging or in other sites throughout the body.” 

PA Hospital provides patients with added confidence that multidisciplinary clinical teams, diagnostic tools, targeted treatment options and world leading research enables a comprehensive service in the treatment of melanoma and other cancers.

Last updated 31 July 2021
Last reviewed 30 July 2021

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