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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
17 years experience Nuclear Medicine
No percentage...: Pet scans use radioactive glucose as the tracer. Glucose is nonspecific ; can be taken up in infection, inflammation, ; tumor. Pet scans are often u ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes: Iflammation, sarcoid and of course cancer will show up on a pet/ct.
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Dr. Richard Orr
43 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Pet scans pick up cancer or inflammation. Many acute infections will light up pet, but the suv characteristics and the appearance of the nodule help t ... Read More
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes: Pet scan identifies increased cellular metabolism. The suv is a measure of how metabolically active the nodule is. It does not diagnose the cause of t ... Read More
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Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Biopsy first: He needs to have a biopsy of the nodule first to see what it is. The pet scan is useful if the nodule turns out to be cancer.
Dr. Guido Davidzon
17 years experience Nuclear Medicine
No PET at this point: If this is the only nodule, is 7 mm and associated with infectious pattern you should follow-up with ct to ensure resolution in 2-3 months. The nodule ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
Comparisons?: 1st, are there any old cds to compare? If so, is the nodule truly new? The 7 mm nodule could be infectious. Consider waiting a month and repeating ... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Sophisticated: Positron emission tomography----a pet scan is a very sophisticated scan of the body using injected radio-isotopic materials that are taken up by diffe ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
Cancer usually: The most common illnesses studied are various types of cancer. Frontal temporal lobe dementia can be differentiated from alzheimers disease from lewy ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julian Bragg
16 years experience Neurology
Track a tracer: Pet scans make use of tracers, radioactive compounds that bind to specific compounds of interest. The tracer is injected and, after a few minutes, t ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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NO : see a board certified radiologist.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Felix Brizuela
31 years experience Neurology
Radioactive glucose: Radioactive glucose, which sounds scary but is safe!
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazen Ghani
23 years experience Radiology
suv: Suv on a pet scan is the unit of measurement that allows one to evaluate how much metabolism is in a particular area of the body.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Mosley
23 years experience Neurology
Metabolism: Pet scans used radioactively labeled glucose (rarely dopamine, or other tracers) to see how these chemicals are being used in the brain (or sometimes ... Read More
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