A 35-year-old male asked:
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pet/ct scan of brain shown bilateral temporal(more severe on left side)parietal, thalami & basal ganglia hypo metabolism.what does it mean, pl advice.

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
29 years experience Neurology
MaybeNothing: Pet/ct can show a region of hypometabolism, yes. But you describe many areas, including bilateral areas. That is much harder to accurately define on these kinds of tests, and results should be viewed with caution. Also, remember that the metabolism images should fit with what is wrong with the patient.
Answered on Jan 27, 2015
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
PET of Brain is a ..: Useful adjunct (additional) test, but should not be interpreted in a vacuum. It should be performed to help differentiate between 2 or 3 clinical diagnoses following a complete history and physical by a neurologist, as well as appropriate laboratory and other testing. The hypometabolism described can be due to many different causes, depending on the patient age, other medical problems, etc.
Answered on Jun 27, 2013

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