Keshavananda Swamiji Inaugurates PET/CT Scan

Keshavananda Swamiji of Yedaneeru Math Inaugurates First of its kind PET/CT Scan at A J Hospital

Mangaluru: A J Hospital & Research Centre held a launching ceremony of the newly installed hi-end PET/CT at the centre, at the hospital premises here, on May 27.

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The device was inaugurated by Sri Sri Keshavananda Bharathi Swamiji of Yedaneeru Math. The Swamiji launched the equipment by unveiling a plaque and later blessed the team of A J Hospital and wished them success.

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The PET/CT installed at A J Hospital & Research Centre is the latest model and the first of its kind in the state.

Medical Director Dr Prashanth Marla briefed on the PET device and said that the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and the Computerized Tomography (CT) are both state-of-the-art imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body before making treatment recommendations. The highly sensitive PET scan images the biology of disorders at the molecular level while the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the body’s internal anatomy.

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The PET/CT scan combines the strengths of these two well-established imaging modalities into a single scan. The majority of PET/CT scans are performed for oncologic applications. Physicians utilize PET/CT scans for diagnosing, staging and evaluating treatments for their cancer patients. A PET scan helps the physician distinguish between living and dead tissue or between benign and malignant disorders. PET imaging provides the physician with additional information about cellular activity which guides the characterization of a questionable abnormality as malignant or benign. A PET/CT scan can show the extent of disease. It can also help physicians monitor the treatment of disease.

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MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Chairman A J Hospital and Research Centre Dr A J Shetty, doctors and staff from A J Hospital were also present.

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