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New PET/CT suite opens

 Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) images of a patient are taken in the Department of Radiology's new Molecular Imaging and PET/CT Imaging Suite on the third floor of the main hospital.
Right photo: certified nuclear medicine technologist Keith Black reviews the images and submits the data to Radiology’s Picture Archiving and Communications System for same-day review and interpretation.

Bottom left photo: David Davison, Department of Nuclear Medicine coordinator, and clerk Sherri Wolfe, welcome patients to the new imaging suite.
Opened since May 27, this area was several years in the planning and provides PET/CT images from pediatric and adult patients diagnosed with cancer, cardiac disease and brain/neurological disorders.
Since 2006, MUSC has provided both the metabolic functional imaging of cells (PET) and anatomical information (CT) into a single image to help physicians locate disease and provide treatment recommendations. The staff also can administer radiotherapy to patients for diagnosis of thyroid disease.
The suite, which is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., is staffed by a team of licensed nuclear medicine technologists, board-certified nuclear physicians, a nurse coordinator and clerk. It features a waiting room equipped with a television and computers for Internet access, four prep rooms, a camera/imaging suite and hot lab.
The renovation is part of the medical center’s long-term realignment plan to convert and renovate space throughout the hospital. For information visit or call 876-4738.


Friday, Aug. 1, 2008
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