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can a pet scan miss cancer

A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not 100%: No test is 100% accurate. What symptoms do you have?

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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hasan Khondker
12 years experience Internal Medicine
It is a fairly : Accurate but it always possible
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
LDCT is a : noncontrast lung nodule screening study, and it is possible that small central lesions may not be visualized due to proximity to normal blood vessels ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Metabolism: A pet scan is a measure of brain areas metabolism. Brain tumors have a unique metabolic picture and alter the normal metabolic pattern of the affecti ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: The pet scan is shown on a computer, so what's light and what's dark depends on how it is set up. Look at the picture on the right. The first image s ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
Yes: Not every cancer should be followed with pet/ct. But when the cancer is visible by this technology, it is often helpful in treatment planning and fol ... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Habelson Wilf
38 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Metabolic activity: All cancers are unique in their own way. One such way is in their metabolism , more specifically the amount/quantity of uptake (metabolism) they posse ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possibly.: A pet scan just indicates that there is an abnormality present . The biopsy is reassuring, but you need to discuss your concerns with your doctor and ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Possibly: The purpose of a PET scan is to evaluate the extent of a cancerous process and see if before treatment there are several sites to be concerned about. ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
PET : Pet scans are used for diagnosis, staging, and restaging of certain kinds of cancers such as lung, colorectal, esophageal, and head and neck cancers, ... Read More

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