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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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Dr. Eric Berkowitz
21 years experience Radiology
Metabolic scan: A pet scan measures the glucose (sugar) consumption of different tissues in your body. Some abnormal tissue will consume more glucose than the surroun ... Read More
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Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
54 years experience Nuclear Medicine
NUCLEAR CT SCAN: Pet scan is one type of nuclear ct scan (other type is called spect scan) that uses gamma rays as opposed to x-rays used in conventional or standard c ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
Functioning: It is a functional test and shows which parts of the body are using the most glucose. This is an indirect measure of how active the cells are.
Dr. Guido Davidzon
17 years experience Nuclear Medicine
What is the question: Currently pet scans are widely use for evaluation of glucose metabolism in the body. In oncology, is use to for initial metabolic characterization o ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
Physiology of lesion: Pet scans most often use a radioactive form of glucose, the energy source for most of the cells in our bodies. The pet scanner can detect and measure ... Read More
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
Dr. Guido Davidzon
17 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Approved for cancer: Pet scan are approved for staging, response assessment and surveillance of certain types of cancers. However, any pathologic process that augments the ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Heston
28 years experience Family Medicine
Usually cancer: A pet/ct scan is usually used to image glucose metabolism in people with cancer to identify the extent of the cancer. It can also be used to image the ... 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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazen Ghani
23 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 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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NO : see a board certified radiologist.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Test heart function: A heart positron emission tomography (pet) scan is an imaging test using a radioactive substance to look for disease or poor blood flow in the heart. ... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
More info: An increase in what? Please re-ask with clarification.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Birdas
25 years experience Thoracic Surgery
A few: Lesions below a certain size may be too small to show up on pet (typically around 8 mm). It may show many "abnormal" lesions that may be unrelated to ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leila Wing
13 years experience Internal Medicine
More info needed: It depends on why your son is getting the pet scan.

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