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what does cancer look like on a pet scan

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Yim
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29 years experience Surgical Oncology
Frequently light up: Breast cancers frequently light up on pet scan but the purpose of the scan is usually to look for metastases, not look at the actual breast tumor. Sm ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
47 years experience Radiology
Bright spots: Areas of tumor tend to pick up the labeled compound and show up as foci of increased activity either bright or dark spots depending how the image is d ... Read More
Dr. Keith Blum
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Hypermetobolic: A pet scan will show increased metabolic activity or a area of locality that is different from surrounding tissue indicating area concerning for cance ... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: It shows lots of things
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
51 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
22 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Helps: Pet scans detect metabolically active tissues and since most tumors more active than normal tissues, pet scans help with diagnosis.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
You mean string ?: Information is i incomplete, if someone has colon cancer resection was done , if did not have lymph node metastasis, two pet scans were negative for ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Not 100%: No test is 100% accurate. What symptoms do you have?
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Habelson Wilf
39 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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