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does increase in tracer uptake means chances of cancer, or it is just a tumor formation site?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Depends upon: the tracer used and the imaging technique. Perhaps you could ask the question again and give us more details Dr Z

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