Identifying Diseases Faster

  As part of our ongoing effort to offer patients in southeast Idaho the most cutting-edge medical technology available, we recently acquired a new positron emission tomography-computed tomography (better known as PET-CT or PET/CT) system. During an imaging session, it reveals the most comprehensive information about both the structure and the function of cells and tissues in the body. In layman’s terms, it helps providers identify disease faster and at earlier stages. Of course, the more important question is what does that mean for patients? Sometimes bigger is just bigger and another high tech piece of equipment is just another piece of equipment. When we consider adding new technology to our already advanced diagnostic arsenal, we always ask: what does this do for our patients; how does this particular piece of technology directly impact lives? In short, our new PET/CT scanner enables our facility to identify the smallest of lesions and detect cancerous tissues and cells in the body early. It too helps support an accurate diagnosis and more personalized treatment for our patients. Additionally, imaging with a PET/CT can often identify diseases that may not have been detected through computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It is well documented that this up-to-date imaging tool improves outcomes, reduces long-term costs and aids providers in developing effective therapies. Portneuf Cancer Center was recently recognized by a leading organization. ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. Your doctor is one of nearly 45,000 ASCO members from around the world committed to conquering cancer through research, education, prevention, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. To achieve QOPI® Certification, this oncology practice participated in QOPI® and met or exceeded a benchmark score on measures that compared the quality of their care against national standards. As your regional leader in cancer care, we don’t just want to be among the best in the region; we want to be among the best in the nation. To reach Portneuf Medical Imaging centralized scheduling, call 208-239-1500. To reach Portneuf Cancer Center, call 208-239-1720.