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Is the positron emission tomography scan a risky thing to do?

Is the positron emission tomography scan a risky thing to do?

No: It' just a diagnostic dose of radiation, like having a ct scan. (if someone thinks you need a pet scan which is a specialized test and expensive) it's probably safer for you to have it than to go without it.). ...Read more

Tomography (Definition)

"tomo" comes from the greek word for "cut" or "slice". "graph" comes from the greek word for "writing" or "drawing". Computed tomography (or ct) uses a computer to form/make/draw many separate image slices of the inside ...Read more


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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the positron emission tomography scan?

Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the positron emission tomography scan?

Maybe: Taking a pet study is easy and painless. You will get an injection of a radioactive substance (glucose) and relax in a calm quiet area. Then the technologists will have you lay on a motorized table and you slowly are moved through two large open tubes that scan you. You won't feel anything otherwise and can keep your eyes open or closed. A relaxing medicine can be given if absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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Is there any pain involved in a positron emission tomography scan?

IV "stick": This is painless though you may feel the pain of an IV as it si stuck into you during the test. The dye is not typically allergic and no pain is involved. Some patients feel claustrophobic. ...Read more

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What would a neurologist refer patients for positron emission tomography scans for?

What would a neurologist refer patients for positron emission tomography scans for?

Pet indications: Pet is good to show in vivo abnormal functional areas--it has limitations--it would be nice if cheaper, more available and the pictures come superimposed on MRI pictures---may benefit us in dementia--separate radiation necrosis from active brain tumour--separate infectious from degenerative area. ...Read more

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Is a spiral (helical) computerized tomography CT of the chest the same thing as a high-resolution CT scan?

No: Essentially all ct now is spiral. High resolution ct of the chest is a special exam to evaluate the lung tissue using very fine slices and special image manipulation to see fine detail in the tubes and air sacs of the lung. ...Read more

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What is the use of spect (single-photon emission computed tomography) in nuclear medicine?

What is the use of spect (single-photon emission computed tomography) in nuclear medicine?

Multiple : Spect is a modality of nuclear medicine imaging that allows for 3d imaging, therefore better for diagnostic purposes. Uses include scans of the bones, lungs, heart. ...Read more

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Positron Emission Tomography (Definition)

A specialized nuclear medicine study usually performed to evaluate ...Read more