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A 49-year-old member asked:

after cancer surgery i had 2 clear pet scans.nw after 5 yrs the pet scan is abnormal. possible causes?

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine 18 years experience
Not enough info...: It is possible to have an abnormal scan at 5 years but I do not know enough about your history and what was abnormal in this scan. There are many sources of false positive on pet scan but without seeing your images or reports and without your exact history it is difficult to determine what the status is.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Following cancer surgery i had 2 clear pet scans.Now after 5 yrs the pet scan is abnormal.What can be the reason, what to do?

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine 18 years experience
Abnormal PET....: It is difficult to say without knowing your exact history. What type of cancer was it? Was the pet performed at the same institution and interpreted by the same person? Abnormal pet could mean recurrence but without the report it is difficult to say. There are many causes of false positive on pet. Please look further into this calmly and discuss with your doctor to understand the details.

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Last updated May 4, 2014

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