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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 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

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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
17 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 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
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No difference: Pet scan picks up signals from your cells' metabolism whether you are warm or cold.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 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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A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Variable conditions: Pet scan is quite sensitive in detecting metabolically active tumors. Sometimes other issues contribute to the patient's health such as infectious co ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
High BP: A resting bp of 150/100 is definitely elevated. 120/80 is normal. I'm unclear as to what reason you're having a pet scan. To fully evaluate your blood ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 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 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Possibly: SUV of 1.5 is normal to maybe reactive. This makes it very unlikely to be worrisome. The follow up CT should be improved or no change
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