St. Anthony Hospital recently added PET/CT scanning to the hospital's diagnostic arsenal. The mobile scan unit will visit the hospital every Saturday to serve patients in Pendleton and surrounding communities.

The equipment is a marriage of two high-powered cancer detecting tools, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT), which aid physicians in finding cancer within the body. PET scans detect spatial distribution of chemical or metabolic activity of growing cancer cells in the body and CT scans provide anatomic imaging.

Hospital spokesman Larry Blanc said the new equipment will allowing imaging staff to detect cancer and metastatic disease and help distinguish inflammatory or benign infectious diseases from cancer. The scanner can visualize tumors as small as seven millimeters.

- Kathy Aney

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