A PET/CT Scan is a diagnostic tool using both Positron Emission Tomography, or P.E.T and CT technology to provide both metabolic (functional) information and anatomical information, respectively about the body. To create these images compounds like simple sugars (glucose, for example) are labeled with radioactive signal-emitting tracers which are injected into the patient. A scanning machine records the signals these tracers emit as they journey through the human body and collect in various amounts in normal versus diseased or inflamed tissue. A computer reassembles the signals into images, resulting in pictures, which show normal functioning organs and tissues as well as sites of acute inflammation, infection, or cancer. P.E.T. is also being used in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
North Fork radiology offers the latest State of the Art Imaging for Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We offer conventional brain PET/CT scanning and the newest imaging technique for Alzheimer's disease that uses a new imaging product called Amyvid, which can detect the amount of Amyloid plaque deposition in the brain which is a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. In addition to these tests we offer state of the art MRI and CT imaging. North Fork radiology has board certified neuroradiologists and PET/CT accreditation by the American College of Radiology.
North Fork Radiology is excited to introduce PET/CT imaging using Sodium Fluoride (F18-NaF) which recent studies have shown to be a superior imaging agent in the diagnosis of bone metastasis (in comparison to standard nuclear medicine bone scans).
Dr. David M. Kirshy is a Board Certified physician in Diagnostic radiology. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in biochemistry and Medical Degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Dr. Kirshy completed his residency at State University of New York Health Science Center. Dr Kirshy has served as Medical Staff President at Southampton Hospital for 4 years and was a member of the Hospital Board of Directors.He has aslo served as Secretary, Vice President and President of The Suffolk County Medical Society. He is currently on the medical staff of Southampton and Eastern Long Island Hospitals.
Dr. Kirshy is a member of The American College of Radiology, The Radiological Society of North America, and The Suffolk County Medical Society.