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Published on February 02, 2011

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Uses High-Tech Help to Fight Cancer

On-site Advanced PET/CT Technology Now Available in Alliance with Jefferson Outpatient Imaging

Darby, PA - When it comes to cancer, early detection and precise information are vital to treatment and recovery. That's why Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital (MFH) has collaborated with Jefferson Outpatient Imaging to recently upgrade its mobile PET/CT services, which will help physicians practicing in and beyond Delaware County to pinpoint cancer in its earliest stages, when it's most treatable.

"We are excited to partner with Jefferson, one of the region's most respected leaders in cancer treatment and research, in providing this advanced service to our communities," says Kathryn Conallen, interim chief executive officer of MFH. "By incorporating this important technology into our Mercy Cancer Care program, we can enable our patients to stay close to home while receiving high-quality treatment."

PET/CT is one of the most sophisticated diagnostic tools available, combining positron emission tomography (PET) and computerized tomography (CT) imaging. The PET scan demonstrates the metabolic function of tumors often before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the tumor such as size, shape and location. By combining these two technologies, physicians can more accurately diagnose and stage cancer.

"The PET/CT system is also an invaluable tool for developing precise treatment plans and monitoring the effectiveness of therapy. The test is fast, noninvasive and causes no side effects, so patients can resume normal activities immediately after the exam," says Dr. David P. Mayer, chairman of radiology at MFH.

PET/CT has been proven to detect many cancerous tumors when they are first present before any changes in anatomy are visible, and detect recurring tumors when anatomical imaging is unable to distinguish scar tissue from recurrent disease.

The radiology team at MFH uses a brand new Siemens Hi-Resolution PET/CT Scanner that can:

  • Detect lesions as small as 5mm
  • Comfortably accommodate virtually all patients with its large 70 cm bore size
  • Target precise tumor boundaries for Radiation Therapy Planning
  • Shorten the patient scan time 

MFH's team oncologic imagers is led by Dr. Oleg M. Teytelboym, who is trained in both radiology and nuclear medicine to take full advantage of diagnostic opportunities offered by both PET and CT. MFH is also one of the first imaging centers in Greater Philadelphia region to use IV and oral contrast with PET/CT to achieve the highest possible diagnostic accuracy.

Most insurance plans are accepted for mobile PET/CT. MFH offers appointments for the service on Tuesdays and Thursdays with flexible scheduling, including same day add-on availability. Participation in the National Oncology PET Registry for Medicare patients is available.

Mercy Cancer Care provides innovative, quality services through a collaborative, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach coordinated at MFH with a nurse navigator to coordinate care for the patient. The program relies on advanced technologies to make integrated services accessible and affordable including prevention, screenings, early detection, treatment, support, and follow-up.

In addition to mobile PET/CT, MFH offers advanced diagnostic radiology services, including a new state-of-the-art wide bore high-field open MRI, 64-slice CT technology, digital mammography, ultrasound, X-rays and bone density measurements with DEXA scans.

To schedule a mobile PET/CT appointment at MFH, call 610.800.6149.

For more information about Mercy Cancer Care, call Nurse Navigator Joy Hepkins at 610.237.2648.

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