Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center follows a team approach to patient care. We put the patient’s needs at the heart of all we do. Our radiation oncology team wants each patient to understand their diagnosis and treatment by knowing what to expect and how to prepare. Patients are encouraged to ask questions and share concerns.
We’re committed to you. All of our capabilities – the best treatments, the most advanced technology and a passion for innovation. All of us – our caring staff, our family atmosphere and our strength of spirit. We are here for you with all of our compassion, hope and expertise.
Use of Radiation Oncology
Radiation is used to eliminate malignant cells locally. Side effects of radiation treatment can be temporary or permanent. Our radiation oncologists explain the specific treatment and side effects in detail with each patient.
Radiation therapy today is very precise. This field offers many new treatments useful for particular types of cancer. For more information about the wide array of treatment options available, please visit the links to the right.
On-Site CT and PET Imaging
Our on-site CT scans and PET imaging give us the ability to diagnose and treat patients using modern imaging technology. PET and CT scans are performed at our central clinic, located at 68th and O Street in Lincoln.
Computed tomography (CT) scan, also called computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, is used to create cross-sectional images of structures in the body. In this procedure, x-rays are taken from many different angles and processed through a computer to produce a three-dimensional (3-D) image called a tomogram. CT scans are pictures taken by a specialized x-ray machine. The machine circles your body and scans an area from every angle within that circle. The machine measures how much the x-ray beams change as they pass through your body. It then relays that information to a computer, which generates a collection of black and white pictures, each showing a slightly different “slice” or cross-section of your internal organs. Because these “slices” are spaced only about a quarter-inch apart, they give a very good representation of your internal organs and other structures. Physicians use CT scans to evaluate all major part of the body, including the abdomen, back, chest and head.
The power of advanced molecular imaging provided by Positron Emission Tomography (PET) combined with the detailed anatomic images provide by Computed Tomography (CT), has enhanced the diagnosing, staging and restaging of cancer patients. One of PET’s most important applications today is assisting physicians in detecting cancer before structural changes become apparent through traditional imaging methods. Fused PET/CT images can be used to target radiation treatment more accurately and monitor the effects of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation treatment. Metabolic and anatomic whole-body staging of patients can be performed in one examination and reduce scan times, thus increasing patient comfort. PET/CT has another advantage over CT or MRI alone, in that a PET/CT scan can examine large areas of the body in a single scanning session, producing images of body functions unavailable by other imaging techniques.
Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center is at the forefront of this technology, having the first fixed PET/CT scanner in Lincoln, Nebraska accredited by the American College of Radiology. SNCC has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure we meet nationally accepted standards. Personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret your medical images. You can be assured by this certification that the treatment you receive, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation
American College of Radiology (ACR) Gold Seal of Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions
What should I know about radiation safety?
Before your imaging procedure be sure to ask your physician the following questions:
- Why is the test needed?
- How will having the test improve my care?
- Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and deliver similar results?
- Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
- Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using the appropriate radiation doses?
Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?
When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.
To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.
What does ACR accreditation mean?
- Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
- Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform mdical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
- Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
What does the gold seal mean?
When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.