Offered by the College of Health Professions’ Diagnostic Services Department in conjunction with the Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI).
Positron Emission Tomography
A major in PET/CT will prepare you for a career as a technologist in radiology associated health fields. Our PET/CT program offers you both an associate of arts and a bachelor of science degree. You also have the flexibility to double major in NMT. With the double major, you will be eligible to apply for the national certification exams offered in PET, CT and NMT while earning your bachelor of science degree in as little as five years.
Our graduates are highly skilled, knowledgeable and concerned professionals who provide quality patient care. Graduates have the opportunity to use their medical skills and enter additional educational programs in other health or technical fields.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging is a nuclear medicine procedure that shows the molecular functioning of organs and tissues. A PET scan measures important body functions, such as blood flow, oxygen use and sugar (glucose) metabolism, to help doctors evaluate how well organs and tissues are functioning.
Computed Tomography (CT) imaging uses special X-ray equipment to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. A radiologist can interpret these images as printed images. CT imaging provides excellent anatomic information.
PET and PET/CT scans are also performed to:
Determine whether a cancer has spread in the body
Assess the effectiveness of a treatment plan, such as cancer therapy
Determine if a cancer has returned after treatment
Determine blood flow to the heart muscle
Determine the effects of a heart attack
Evaluate brain abnormalities, such as tumors or memory disorder