HRRMC introduces PET/CT scanning

February 16, 2012

Salida, Colorado - Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will begin offering PET/CT scanning at the HRRMC Buena Vista Health Center on February 28. The health center is located at 28374 County Road 317 in Buena Vista, just north of the Buena Vista Correctional Complex.

"HRRMC will be the only provider of PET/CT scanning within a 90-mile radius of the medical center," said Greg Messmer, vice president of ancillary services. "Patients within the entire region will be able to benefit from this state-of-the-art diagnostic tool at our Buena Vista Health Center."

PET/CT imaging is a non-invasive diagnostic scan that combines positron emission tomography (PET) with computer tomography (CT). PET/CT allows radiologists to see the biochemical changes in body tissue that are altered by disease, such as cancer or Alzheimer's disease.

Traditional diagnostic imaging techniques, such as x-rays, MRI or CT scans, show only the physical structure of the body. PET/CT allows doctors to localize disease earlier than traditional techniques.

PET/CT can be a valuable tool in diagnosing and staging specific cancers and in planning radiation therapy as well as in monitoring a patient's response to therapy.

HRRMC is partnering with Front Range Mobile Imaging to offer this service. Patients can schedule a PET/CT scan-with a doctor's order-by calling the HRRMC Medical Imaging Department at 719-530-2318 or 719-530-2320.

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