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Area Radiologist Earns Certificate in PET/CT

WCA Hospital
Thomas L. Greer, MD, board certified Radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital.

Jamestown, New York, Monday, December 15, 2008—Thomas L. Greer, M.D., board certified radiologist, has successfully fulfilled the certificate requirements of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and has been awarded the Certificate of Proficiency in Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography (PET/CT).  Dr. Greer is on the medical staff at WCA Hospital.

“Our radiologists play an integral role in the care of our patients,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. “Dr. Greer’s accomplishment is a testament of the dedication and commitment of our medical staff to ensure that they meet or exceed national quality standards for patient care.”

According to the American College of Radiology, to earn the Certificate of Proficiency in PET/CT, a physician must interpret a minimum of 150 PET/CT studies under supervision and attend at least 15 hours of continuing medical education on PET/CT.  Combined with Dr. Greer’s previous training, he now meets or exceeds the ACR Practice Guideline for Performing and Interpreting Diagnostic CT, the ACR Technical Standard for Diagnostic Procedures using Radiopharmaceuticals, and the ACR Practice Guideline for Performing FDG-PET/CT.

Dr. Greer, a native of Rochester, New York, received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  He completed an internship in medicine at the Genesee Hospital in Rochester, New York, and his residency and fellowship in radiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  He has served the patients of the Chautauqua County region for more than 20 years.  Dr. Greer is a physician partner with Jamestown Radiologists, P.C., 333 E. Fifth Street, in Jamestown, New York.

PET/CT compliments the wide range of diagnostic imaging at the new Center For Imaging & Medical Arts At WCA.  WCA Hospital is the first healthcare institution in the Chautauqua County region to offer patients PET/CT imaging - a powerful new diagnostic imaging system.  PET/CT is offered at the Center For Imaging every Tuesday. 

PET/CT combines the strengths of two well-established imaging modalities in one imaging session.  A PET scan detects changes in cellular function—how cells are utilizing nutrients like sugar and oxygen. Since these functional changes take place before physical changes occur, PET can provide information that enables physicians to make an early diagnosis.  CT scan uses a combination of X-rays and computers to give the radiologist a non-invasive way to see inside a person’s body. When these two scans are fused together, physicians can view metabolic changes in the proper anatomical context of a patient’s body.

To learn more about PET/CT, talk with your primary care physician.  To schedule a PET/CT scan, contact the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts At WCA, at (716) 664-8440.  A physician order is required.

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