Beebe offers state-of-the-art cancer detection imaging system


Beebe Healthcare now offers the Discovery MI PET/CT imaging system from GE Healthcare. Beebe Healthcare installed the new PET/CT scanner at the Beebe Health Campus- Rehoboth Beach on Route 24 in late May.

“Beebe Healthcare is thrilled to bethe first on the East Coast to offer the new Discovery MI PET/CT imaging system from GE Healthcare. We started the first round of trainings in June and have begun using this new technology for our patients,” said Dan Mapes, Beebe Healthcare’s director of diagnostic services. “This new state-of-the art detection technology is great news for patients, as the new digital scanner has significantly better resolution, leading to more accurate diagnoses and disease staging.”

This advanced nuclear imaging technique combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) into one machine. A PET/CT scan reveals information about both the structure and function of cells and tissues in the body during a single imaging session.

During a scan, the patient has first injected with a glucose (sugar) solution that contains a very small amount of radioactive material. The substance is absorbed by the particular organs or tissues being examined.


The patient rests on a table and slides into a large tunnel-shaped scanner. The PET/CT scanner is then ableto detect damaged or cancerous cells where the glucose is being taken up (cancer cells often use more glucose than normal cells) and the rate at whichthe tumor is using theglucose (whichcan help determine the tumor grade). The procedure is painless and varies in length, depending on the part of the body that is being evaluated.

By combining information about the body’s anatomy and metabolic function, a PET/CT scan provides a more detailed picture of cancerous tissues than either test does alone. The images are captured in a single scan which provides a high level of accuracy, a Beebe release stated.

“Because of the superior sensitivity and resolution of the digital PET images in combination with the detailed anatomic information from CT, we are able to detect cancerous lesions earlier and with more confidence which helps the oncology team decide on the best course of treatment,” said Dr. Ellen Bahtiarian, diagnostic radiologist and nuclear medicine physician at Beebe Healthcare.

In addition to providing comprehensive PET oncology analysis for monitoring cancer treatments, Discovery MI can be used to address clinical challenges beyond oncology to include brain imaging and FDG bone scanning.

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