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Pet Melanoma Diagnosis
Metastases: PET CT is often utilized to identify metastases from melanoma. Utilizes isotope F18 FDG for glucose metabolism of malignant lesions to identify them. Most malignant neoplasms have increased metabolic activity. CT portion compares anatomic lesion with area of increased uptake shown by PET. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more
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Pet scan 3-4mm, suv value of 1, no further evidence of disease, before surgery melanoma 0.8 mm negative sln, blood samples normal, no other signs
What would cause a pet scan to not detect malignant melanoma that was about the size of a chocolate easter egg? I also have type II diabetes.
Many Factors: No test is always right, pet/ct included. Every patient's tumor is unique, too. How a particular tumor will take up the primary pet/ct tracer, called f-18 fdg, is also not perfectly known. Some consistently fail to take up FDG that pet/ct is rarely used to image them, but this is not true for melanoma. Finally, smaller tumors are always harder to see, no matter which imaging technique is used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has a melanoma on the right side of his stomach. Blood work, X-ray and pet scan are normal. Does that mean it is not nessery for a node biopsy?
My father has metastatic melanoma, 1 lymph node involvement. Pet scan and CT scan shows no other metastasis at this time. Does this mean he is cured?
Melanoma...: Melanoma is a very tricky disease and must be followed closely. It can metastasize to odd places. It is good news that only 1 lymph node is seen on pet/ct rather than many lymph nodes but one should note that micrometastases or very small lesions may be below the resolution of pet imaging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with melanoma. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?
Skin exam &biopsy: Melanoma is diagnosed by performing a complete skin exam and by taking a sample (biopsy) of the suspicous areas. The skin biopsy is then examined under a microscope to determine if it is melanoma. See the picture to find out what typical melanoma moles look like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If nodular melanoma was picked off. Would a biopsy of the underlying tissue a few months later still be accurate to make a diagnosis.
I am a 25 year old female with a history of melanoma on the abdomen 6 years post diagnosis the tumor was very small and it was stage 1 my treatment co?
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