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how long does it take to get results from a pet scan

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
41 years experience Internal Medicine
PET : Pet scans work by detecting areas of high metabolic activity in the body and producing a three-dimensional image that reflects functional processes. ... Read More
Dr. Bradley Duhon
17 years experience Neurosurgery
Metabolic activity: Pet scans work by localizing areas of metabolic activity. You are given an IV of a substance (there are a few) that will be attracted and collect at ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
29 years experience Radiology
Positrons -Really!!: A pet/ct looks at the function of the body. Radioactive drugs (usually a glucose analog) distribute based on differences in function, release a posit ... Read More

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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
64 years experience Surgical Oncology
Weeks: Since the Whipple requires several anastomosis, there is the potential for slight and temporary leaks. These areas should be drained at the time of su ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
41 years experience Internal Medicine
While : While the pet scan itself generally takes about an hour, the entire procedure always takes longer, since the patient usually rests quietly for about a ... Read More
Dr. Christopher Oxner
18 years experience Surgical Oncology
No necessarily: It does not have any clinical significance. It could just be related to setting things up or preparation before the pet begins. The important inform ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
29 years experience Radiology
Not a bad sign: Generally, if a pet/ct scan takes longer than 1 hour, it is for technical or patient motion reasons. The camera might have had a problem, or the patie ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Reichert
35 years experience Neurosurgery
MRI results: Mri's are usually read within 24 hours and most are read the same day. Your doctor should have results in writing in 24-48 hours and usually sooner if ... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
What is IRE?: It is best to avoid abbreviations...they can only delay interpretation of what is wrong and where it is! As for your answer to your question... your o ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazen Ghani
24 years experience Radiology
Several reasons: Lung cancer, breast cancer, testicular and ovarian cancer, recurrent colorectal cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, recurrent brain tumors, tumor-therapy moni ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
Metals and Imaging: Pet scans rely on radioactive sugar honing to areas consuming lots of energy, like cancer (sarcoid too), metals from prior surgery usually doesn't int ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Birdas
26 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Unclear: There is no ideal time, but generally speaking, getting a repeat pet less than 3-4 months after the previous one is u likely to show much difference.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
18 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Discuss with doctor.: It is best to discuss your pet scan results with your physician so that you can be sure that you have a detailed and correct understanding of the scen ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes it is abnormal/h: It is high but it can be due to inflammation or due to cancer.
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