Offered by the
College of Health Professions’ Diagnostic Services Department
The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT), or better known by its acronym, PET/CT, program will prepare you for a career as a technologist in advanced radiology associated health fields. Our program offers you both an associate of arts and a bachelor of science degree. You also have the flexibility to double major in
Nuclear Medicine Technology
(NMT). With the double major, you will be eligible to apply for the national certification exams offered in PET, CT and NMT while earning your bachelor of science degree in as little as five years.
Our graduates are highly skilled, knowledgeable and concerned professionals who provide quality patient care. Graduates have the opportunity to use their medical skills and enter additional educational programs in other health or technical fields.
Admission to and completion of the PET/CT program is competitive and requires applicants to have active board certification in nuclear medicine technology or become board certified prior to completion of the PET/CT program through either the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and/or through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. To view all admission requirements,
About PET and CT
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging is an advanced nuclear medicine procedure that shows the molecular functioning of organs and tissues. A PET scan measures important body functions, such as blood flow, oxygen use, and metabolism, to help doctors evaluate how well organs and tissues are functioning.
Computed Tomography (CT) imaging uses special X-ray equipment to produce multiple images or pictures of the metabolic processes inside of the body. CT imaging provides excellent anatomic information. A radiologist interprets these images to assess the condition of a patient.
PET and CT scans are also performed to:
Determine whether cancer has spread in the body
Assess the effectiveness of a treatment plan, such as cancer therapy
Determine if cancer has returned after treatment
Determine blood flow to the heart muscle
Determine the effects of a heart attack
Evaluate brain abnormalities, such as tumors or memory disorder