PET and CT Online

Offered by the College of Health Professions’ Diagnostic Services Department

Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Technology

Better known by its acronym, PET/CT, this program will prepare you for a career as a technologist in advanced radiology associated health fields. Our PET/CT Technology Program offers you both an associate of arts and a bachelor of science degree. You also have the flexibility to double major in Nuclear Medicine Technology (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.

PET and CT

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging is an advanced 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 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 metabolic processes inside of the body. CT imaging provides excellent anatomic information. A radiologist interprets these images to assess the condition of a patient.

PET and CT scans are also performed to:

  • Detect cancer

  • Determine whether cancer has spread in the body

  • Assess the effectiveness of a treatment plan, such as cancer therapy

  • Determine if 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