New Cancer Diagnostic Tool at North Country Hospital
Asthe Baby Boom generation ages, the number of cancer cases and people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, are on the rise. North Country Hospital has a new medical device which will help diagnose and track these and other diseases.
The new device is a mobile Positron Emission Tomography Scan (PET-CT) that will visit North Country every other Saturday.
“This is an important new service for the area,” Brian Bidwell
said. “Until now patients have had to leave the area for this service… it’s big city technology in a small rural town. Now patients don’t have to drive 2 hours for state-of-the-art services.”
Brian is the Director of Diagnostic Imaging Services. He is a certified radiology administrator and is certified with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The department is accredited through the American College of Radiology
A PET-CT Scan combines the best of two types of scans, a PET Scan and a CT Scan. A “PET Scan” images the cellular activity of the body at a very early stage, often before anatomical changes take place. The “CT Scan” provides information about the body’s anatomy such as size, shape and location. By combining these two scanning technologies, and the threedimensional images which are created, a PET/CT scan enables physicians to more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorders. Until now, patients had to live the area to undergo this all in one state-of-the-art screening.
Not only does the PET-CT scan help diagnose cancer; it also helps determine the state and progression of it. In addition it provides a clearer picture of the response the disease is having to treatment.
“I’m impressed with the technology,” Brian said, explaining the minimally invasive procedure takes about two hours from
Brian Bidwell, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at North Country Hospital, is also a PET Scan technician.