03/29/2005

Cancer Center Acquires Latest Imaging Tool

Monday ceremony to introduce PET-CT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center has acquired a $1.75 million multi-slice PET/CT scanner, the most advanced diagnostic imaging tool available.

Physician leaders of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center will discuss the benefits of the device with the media and Cancer Center staff at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, in the Cancer Center.

“While a CT scan shows anatomical structures, such as tissues, organs and bones, a PET scan indicates the metabolic or chemical changes happening internally,” said Gary Marano, M.D., chief of nuclear medicine and director of the new center.  “By fusing the two images, the physician can see simultaneously a precise, multi-dimensional view of any existing abnormality.  The standard method is to view them separately.”

The Siemens Biograph 16 scanner was purchased by University Health Associates, the physician practice plan of the WVU School of Medicine. It is a part of the WVU Center for Advanced Imaging.

Participants in Monday’s ceremony will include John E. Prescott, M.D., dean of medicine and acting director of the Cancer Center; Jeff Neely, M.D., president of UHA; Jame Abraham M.D., chief of hematology and medical oncology and medical director of the Cancer Center, and Dr. Marano.

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center, (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@hsc.wvu.edu
bc:03-29-05

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