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Orange Regional Medical Center Offers the Latest PET/CT Technology

August 24, 2011

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center now offers the latest technology to aid in the diagnosis of cancer and various neurological diseases. Positron Emission Tomography and Computerized Tomography (PET/CT) are both state-of-the-art imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of a disease within the body before making treatment recommendations. The highly precise PET scan illustrates the biology of disorders at the molecular level. A CT scan provides a detailed picture of the body’s internal framework providing the ability to detect and specifically locate abnormal growths and or changes in the body structure, such as the size and shape of a tumor. The PET/CT scan combines the strengths of these two state-of-the-art imaging tools into a single scan.

PET/CT is commonly used to diagnose cancer as well as neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, brain tumors and seizures. PET/CT imaging provides valuable information regarding a patient’s condition that assists in the appropriate planning and management of their treatment.

“This latest imaging technology provides physicians the proper tools to detect and care for specific diseases at a faster pace. With the ability to diagnose neurological disorders, make an earlier cancer diagnosis, determine the stage of cancer and plan the right course of precise treatment, these enhanced scans can improve the quality of life for each patient and ultimately increase the chance of recovery,” said Radiologist Betsy Ramirez, M.D.

Orange Regional’s PET/CT services are available from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road, Middletown. Scans are typically completed in two – three hours. Additionally, Orange Regional’s scheduling specialists will provide specific PET/CT preparation instructions.

Orange Regional’s new PET/CT is the latest enhancement to its robust diagnostic imaging services that includes bone densitometry; interventional radiology; magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA); magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); mammography; neuroradiology; computerized tomography (CT) scan; nuclear cardiology; nuclear medicine; ultrasound; vascular ultrasound and X-ray. All diagnostic imaging services are certified by the American College of Radiology.

For more information about the diagnostic imaging services available at Orange Regional Medical Center, or to make an appointment, call 1-866-676-2837 or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

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