Omega Hospitals is a renowned chain of hospitals that was the first to introduce the 1st fully digital PET-MRI guided - Artificial Intelligence (AI) Powered Adaptive Radiotherapy in India, making it an exceptional diagnostic tool for medical professionals. The LYSO digital PET detector further enhances the system's capabilities, allowing for better image quality and more precise diagnosis in various medical fields.

A PET-MRI or PET-MR scan is a hybrid technology that combines two different types of medical imaging techniques: a positron emission tomography (PET) scan, and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to create accurate and clear pictures of the internal organs in the body.

It is a potential cancer imaging tool that helps radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians make accurate diagnoses and plan treatment for various conditions, such as cancer, neurological disorders, and cardiovascular diseases.

The main features of PET-MR, an emerging cancer diagnostic imaging procedure, are as follows.

  • Simultaneous Acquisition:

    Digital PET-MRI technology offers many advantages, including obtaining PET and MRI images in a single scan. This prevents multiple scans and permits an immediate analysis of functional and anatomical information.

    The ability to compare these two types of data side-by-side can provide a more comprehensive understanding of various physiological processes and a more accurate diagnosis of conditions.

  • Improved Image Registration:

    When PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) images are obtained during the same session, they are precisely aligned with each other. This alignment helps minimise registration errors and makes identifying any abnormalities' location simpler.

    Moreover, the alignment of PET and MRI images can be especially helpful in tracking changes over time, enabling physicians to monitor the development of the disease or how well a treatment is working.

  • Reduced Radiation Exposure:

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that does not use ionising radiation. This means that the radiation exposure is significantly less in digital PET-MRI scans than in standalone PET-CT scans.

    This is mainly useful for pediatric patients and individuals who require multiple scans since they are more vulnerable to radiation's damaging effects. Patients can get the necessary diagnostic information by opting for PET-MRI scans while minimising radiation exposure.

  • Enhanced Diagnostic Accuracy:

    PET and MRI are two powerful diagnostic tools that provide complementary information in medical imaging. Combining metabolic information from PET with detailed anatomical information from MRI has been proven to significantly improve the accuracy of diagnosing various conditions, such as cancer staging, neurodegenerative diseases, and cardiac assessments.

    This approach offers a more comprehensive view of the patient's condition, allowing healthcare professionals to decide on treatment alternatives and patient management with more insight.

  • Functional Insights:

    Digital PET-MRI is a cutting-edge technology that combines PET and MRI imaging benefits. By providing high-quality images of both the anatomical structure and functional activity of organs and tissues, this advanced imaging modality enables doctors to obtain an in-depth understanding of illness processes and therapeutic outcomes.

    With its ability to recognise even minute alterations in the body's metabolic and physiological functions, digital PET-MRI is a powerful diagnostic tool that can assist medical professionals in making precise diagnoses and developing more effective treatment plans.

The applications of digital PET-MRI scans are vast and varied, ranging from cancer staging and brain imaging for neurological disorders to cardiac imaging for evaluating myocardial perfusion and viability and musculoskeletal assessments.

The integration of PET and MRI in a digital PET-MRI scan offers several key advantages, which are as follows:

  • 1. The first fully digital PET-MR in India.
  • 2. 95% less radiation exposure compared to traditional PET-CT.
  • 3. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) Powered Adaptive Radiotherapy to deliver the best results.
  • 4. A whole body scan is done in just 20 minutes.
  • 5. Helps in precise cancer staging and treatment planning.
  • 6. Provides comprehensive anatomical, physiological, and biochemical information.
  • 7. More accurate than PET-CT scans to detect neurological disorders.
  • 8. Differentiate between viable tissue and necrosis area after surgery and radiotherapy.
  • 9. It can complete several imaging modalities, saving time and money compared to scheduling multiple imaging sessions.
  • 10. One-stop for accurate imaging evaluation of all body parts.