Georgia Regents Medical Center is home to the latest imaging technology - the Gemini Open PET/CT. The hybrid technology is the first medical imaging tool that simultaneously and clearly shows the anatomic data from a CT scan and the metabolic data from a PET scan. The result is a comprehensive snapshot that identifies disease processes and localizes them at the same time.

MRI The PET/CT Advantage
PET/CT is more than just equipment. The state-of-the-art technology has the potential to revolutionize patient care and significantly reduce health care costs. The two-in-one scanner has many advantages to other imaging technologies. PET/CT offers:

  • Better detection, treatment and management of cancer. With PET/CT, surgeons, oncologists and other physicians will be able to more accurately detect cancers, evaluate recurrence and determine the patient’s potential response to therapy, including more effective tracking of the results of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
  • A clearer picture of the disease. The fused images provide far more detail in a single visit than conventional PET or CT scanners alone.
  • Improved accuracy.  In the past, it was more difficult to interpret the results of both tests since patients changed positions, but performing both scans at one time without having to move the patient leaves less for room for error.
  • Increased patient satisfaction.  The patient experiences a single episode of care, increasing patient convenience.  In addition, the open design allows for more comfort while enabling the physician to interact with the patient.
  • Safe, quick and non-invasive.  The test lasts an average of 30 minutes and is completely painless for the patient.

PET/CT’s Clinical Applications
PET/CT’s most common application is in oncology since it provides vital diagnostic information that can alter the course of treatment and sometimes help avoid surgery. The technology will be particularly useful in detecting and treating the following cancers:

  • Solitary pulmonary nodules
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Cancers of the head and neck, lung, rectum, colon, esophagus and breast

PET/CT also has applications in neurology and cardiology. PET/CT provides the highest accuracy level of any non-invasive procedure in diagnosing coronary artery disease, the measurement of myocardial blood flow reserve and the extent of cardiac muscle damage. In neurology, PET/CT is used to identify the areas of the brain causing epileptic seizures and to determine whether surgery is an option. It is also useful in the diagnosis of complex dementia disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Features of MCG’s Gemini Open PET/CT

  • The PET/CT scanner is the first of its kind in the Central Savannah River Area.
  • It is the world’s first open PET/CT system, increasing patient comfort and allowing the clinician to see and interact with the patient.
  • The scanner is located in 3,045 square feet of new construction located at the back of the Georgia Regents Radiation Therapy Center Therapy Center.
  • The system may also be operated independently as either a PET or CT scanner, enhancing access to both services and easing capacity constraints.

A Leader in Medical Imaging Services
Georgia Regents Medical Center is a recognized leader in the delivery of diagnostic imaging services. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including other metabolic and functioning technology such as functional MRI and MRI spectroscopy. We use the latest medical tools to provide referring physicians and their patients superior diagnostic evaluation.

And our commitment to patient care extends beyond delivery of leading-edge diagnostic imaging services. Our specialists work together to provide seamless, efficient and compassionate patient care. Our diagnostic facility is conveniently located with parking at the facility, and scheduling an appointment is easy.