There are two main types of lymphoma: Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease, identified in 1832 by Dr. Thomas Hodgkin, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Because lymph tissue is found in many parts of the body, lymphoma can start nearly anywhere. The lymph nodes become enlarged and the cancer can spread through the lymph system. Each year, there will be about 9,000 new cases of Hodgkin's disease and about 66,000 cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society.

Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are different diseases that both arise from the lymph node tissues in the body. In fact, there are many, many types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The different types can be distinguished from one another by looking at the cells under a microscope. Regardless of the type of cell, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment is the key to a patient's long term well-being.


Information from the PET/CT scan helps physicians select an appropriate site for biopsy.


Treatment can be tailored specifically to the patient, depending upon the location and extent of cancer.


Information from the PET/CT scan allows physicians to monitor the effectiveness of cancer therapies.

PET/CT Utilization and Case Studies

PET/CT is a noninvasive test that physicians utilize to stage the entire body for the presence or absence of active tumor, localize the tumor, assess the tumor response to treatment and detect recurrence in treated lesions.

Source: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2011. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2011