Aquilino Cancer Center

The Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical CenterAquilino Cancer Center

This week, the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical CenterAquilino Cancer Center opens new imaging services.  The new services include positron emission tomography (PET) scans and computed tomography (CT) scans.

PET CT studies show pictures of the body that help detect cancer. They help find the location, size and stage of cancer.

A PET scan is an imaging test that helps doctors assess if organs and tissues are working correctly. Examples include blood flow, oxygen use and glucose metabolism. The scan can also help assess how well a patient’s treatment plan is going and whether it needs to be changed. The Aquilino Cancer Center’s PET scanner provides crisp images, features an open design and has fast scan times. It also limits the patient’s exposure to radiation.

A CT scan is a computerized x-ray that creates 3-D images of the body. A patient may ingest contrast before the scan. The scan then takes pictures of “slices” of the body to show if a tumor is present. If there is one present, it shows how deep the tumor is in the body.

These services join an array of other clinical and support services already in the Center. With the PET and CT services, patients are now able to get diagnostic imaging in the Center. In addition, having this equipment and a radiologist on site allows the oncology physician specialists to immediately work together on their patient’s care plans.

Last month, the Aquilino Cancer Center opened its rehabilitation services. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland therapists provide this care which helps reduce the effects of cancer treatment.