Radiology and Imaging Services

GE DiscoveryTM MI PET-CT System

St. Joseph Hospital is the first hospital in Southern California and the third hospital in the United States to install the next generation PET-CT scanner. The GE DiscoveryTM MI PET-CT System utilizes digital detection technology that was approved by the FDA in October 2016. Some of the benefits of the new scanner include:

  • Improved spatial resolution (digital images)
  • Improved scan speed
  • Improved patient comfort. A scan takes 15 minutes or less, compared to other diagnostic screenings that can last about 45 minutes.
  • Reduced radiation exposure

These enhancements allow clinicians to detect cancerous lesions earlier, more precisely locate the source of seizures within the brain, more accurately diagnose neurodegenerative processes such as Alzheimer’s disease, and more confidently detect the sites of active infection in the body. In the future, this technology will be used to detect myocardial ischemia (shortage of blood supply or oxygen to the heart).

For more information about the PET-CT scanner, please call our Radiology and Imaging Services Department at 714-744-8705.

The PET-CT scanner was funded through philanthropy as a component of St. Joseph Hospital's Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign. Click here for more information about the campaign. If you would like information about how you can support St. Joseph Hospital, please contact the Foundation at 714-347-7900.