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PET/CT is state-of-the-art medical equipment combining the computerizes tomography to the potitron emission tomography. This helped eliminate the existing PET's disadvantages that did not clarify the exact anatomical location compared to the PET/ CT.

CT images overlaps with the PET images, which enables more accurate conclusions about the location and size of the lesions found in the PET scans.

Chungnam National University Hospital is fortunate to own a world-renowned GE Medical's PET. It has excellent video quality, as well as 16-slice CT equipped model.

Application of PET / CT

Various malignant tumors (cancer)

  • Early diagnosis of various solid tumors
  • Progression of the tumor or extent
  • The malignant of the cancer
  • Distant metastasis of tumor
  • Response assessment of cancer therapy
  • Recurrence of cancer and extent

Neuro Psychiatric disorders

  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Dementia (Alzheimer's disease)
  • Psychiatric disorders (depression, obsessive compulsive neurosis, schizophrenia, etc.)
  • Cerebrovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease

  • Myocardial infarction and ischemic heart disease
  • Myocardial viability assessment

Health insurance coverage

From 18 June 2006, the health insurance covers for PET/CT scans, therefore patients can be tested at minimum personal expense.

Health insurance coverage and various malignancies (solid tumors)

  • The initial diagnosis
  • Post-operative follow-up inspection,
  • Determined the effects of anticancer therapy or radiotherapy
  • Follow-up test after anticancer therapy/ radiation therapy
  • Checking whether radiation treatment planning
  • Recurrence examination

Partial epilepsy

Before and after surgery

Myocardial viability assessment in ischemic heart disease

Before and after surgery/procedure

Inspection request (approximately 2 hours)

  • If a patient wants a PET/CT scan, a doctor should first be consulted.
  • If a patient asks for a PET/CT scan from another hospital, one can call to the Department of Nuclear Medicine or do enquiries at the Inspection Commissioned Center.
  • If a patient wants or needs a health screening or PET/CT cancer screening, please contact the Health Promotion Center.

Examination Precautions

  • If a patient scheduled a PET/CT scan, the patient should receive a fully informed explanation of the examination at the reception in the Department of nuclear medicine.
  • The preparations will take approximately 2 hours.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled PET/CT time.
  • The day before the examination, patients should fast after dinner. The patient may however drink water, with no added sugars or other ingredients.
  • No exercise before testing starts. (Note that too much talking or chewing gum should also be avoided)
  • If you have diabetes, please inform doctor in advance. If the patient’s glycemic index is irregular, the test will be delayed or may not be possible until the following day.
  • If a patient has chosen the contrast medium (CT, MRI, various fluoroscopy), the examinations should be spaced out for more than 2 days form each other. Please inform the PET/CT reservations personnel know beforehand.
  • If a patient is taking any medication, please continue and inform the doctor in advance.
  • Just before the PET/CT examination, the patient is required to empty the bladder of urine.
  • If a patient requires an insertion of a tube to drain the bladder, it will be at an additional cost.
  • If you wish to cancel or change the date of PET/CT examination, please contact the hospital during the morning, before noon.

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