Texas Center for Proton Therapy’s advanced, high resolution imaging equipment is an important tool for physicians and patients fighting cancer. In addition to initial diagnostic imaging, subsequent MRI and PET/CT scans help locate tumors and determine its exact size and shape. When it shrinks as treatment progresses, physicians may use these images to modify treatment plans and reduce potentially harmful radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.
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This advanced imaging is vital in proton therapy, but because of its impressive capabilities your physician may refer you to Texas Center for Proton Therapy for imaging, even if proton therapy isn’t part of your treatment plan. Anyone who needs MRI or PET/CT imaging for a variety of clinical reasons can also benefit from the center’s leading-edge technologies.
MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone, and virtually all other internal body structures. Texas Center for Proton Therapy’s 3 Tesla MRI—double the strength of the clinical-setting standard—provides extremely clear and vivid images and can often be performed faster, decreasing overall scan time. It has the capability to reduce the often noisy procedure’s sound pressure by more than 70 percent.
The 70 cm larger bore MRI is a preferred design by claustrophobic patients, helping to reduce fear, anxiety, and the need for sedation. It enables Texas Center for Proton Therapy to scan a full range of patients, including pediatric, obese, kyphotic, and those patients with respiratory, pain, and mobility issues.
PET/CT is a powerful imaging tool that combines a PET (positron emission tomography) scan and a computed tomography (CT) scan. PET/CT is used to diagnose, stage, or restage your cancer, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. The images provide information about the location, nature, and size of your tumor.
Texas Center for Proton Therapy’s PET/CT technology enables some of the fastest imaging available with the best image quality. The CT’s newer technology and faster scan times may result in less radiation exposure to patients. Its wider design decreases claustrophobia and provides better access for larger patients and radiation therapy planning for cases requiring more space, such as breast cancer.