Sioux City, Iowa (KTIV) — The medical scanning machine isn’t new, but the technology is.
It’s going to save some cancer patients time and money, because their PET/CT scan can now be done at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center.
“This machine is important for a lot of different reasons, but what it does is allows us to find cancer in a non-invasive way. We’re able to locate cancer from a staging standpoint to see if it’s localized or if it has spread to other areas of the body,” said Mason Jensen.
Mason Jensen is a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist at June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City.
Jensen says the PET/CT Scan is specialized. It looks for neuroendocrine tumors, which according to the Mayo Clinic, develop in the neuroendocrine cells that secrete hormones in to the body. Those cells help regulate body functions such as growth, reproduction and metabolism.
“Neuroendocrine can pretty much be anywhere throughout…