Winthrop Radiology

PET/CT

Welcome to the PET Imaging Center at Winthrop-University Hospital. We are a nuclear medicine division of the Winthrop-University Hospital Department of Radiology. This facility was specifically designed to provide a comfortable and pleasant environment. Our radiologists, who have received additional Fellowship training in nuclear medicine in addition to being trained as diagnostic radiology, are board certified in both fields. They are members of the academic radiology department at Winthrop-University Hospital, where they are actively involved in teaching and treating patients. Our caring technologists are licensed and specialty trained.

 

PET (positron emission tomography) is a revolutionary medical imaging technique using a camera, which captures powerful images of the human body’s function and reveals information on health and disease. PET differs dramatically from other imaging techniques. Whereas conventional imaging techniques such as X-ray, CT, MRI or ultrasound can only show the presence of an abnormal mass, PET can reveal whether or not it is a benign mass or a cancer. Furthermore PET can detect diseases earlier when other tests that still appear normal. Whole body imaging with PET provides a means to examine the entire body in one procedure. PET has proven of value in other types of diseases as well, such as the pre-surgical evaluations for epilepsy-seizure disorders, early assessment of dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease and diagnosing and monitoring patients with stroke and movement disorders. PET may also be used to evaluate cardiac metabolism, perfusion and viability.

 

The remarkable power of PET scans is based on its ability to evaluate the metabolic function of cells. Cells in the body rely on glucose as an energy source, and typically, cells of the body that require more fuel (such as actively growing cancer) will metabolize glucose at a faster rate than other cells. A radioactive form of glucose called fluorodeoyglucose (FDG) is injected into and distributed throughout the patient’s body. The PET scanner then tracks and records the signals the FDG emits. A computer then reconstructs the signals into whole-body images that show areas throughout the body where diseases are present. Areas that are metabolizing more FDG than others will show up on the resulting images.



Some diseases PET can be used for are:

Oncology Neurology Cardiology

Single Pulmonary Nodule

Alzheimer's Disease

Coronary Artery Disease

Lung Cancer

Epilepsy

Evaluate Bypass Candidates

Colorectal Cancer

Stroke

 

Melanoma

Parkinson's Disease

Lymphoma

Huntington's Disease

Brain Cancer

 

Head & Neck Cancer

Musculoskeletal Tumors

Ovarian Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Thyroid Cancer

Testicular Cancer

Esophageal Cancer

 


Location
259 First Street, Mineola, NY 11501
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Phone
516-663-2300

 

Fax
516-663-9642


We offer convenient hours:

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
   


   
Wei-Wen Sung, M.D.
Attending Radiologist

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