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What Chemical Is In The Injection For Pet Scans
F18-FDG: Different pet tracers exist for positron emitting scans (pet) scans. The most widely used for oncologic purpose is f18-fdg (fluorine-18-fludeoxyglucose) which is a modified glucose (fdg) attached to a radionuclide (f18) that emits gamma photons of 511 kev (energy) and has a physical half-life of 110 minutes. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Pet scans most often use a radioactive form of glucose, the energy source for most of the cells in our bodies. The pet scanner can detect and measure how much of the radioactive glucose analog, f-18 fdg, is in a particular organ or region. The areas using more glucose are hyper metabolic and generally more worrisome. Our brains and sometimes hearts prefer glucose as food, making ...Read more
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Low Risk - Headache: Florbetapir f18 (trade name amyvid) is a new pet imaging agent that helps to diagnose alzheimer's disease. From the clinical trials, side effects (also called adverse reactions) were quite unusual, with no serious ones. The most common side effect was headache, occurring in 1.8% of the patients. Next was musculoskeletal pain (0.8%), followed by nausea and fatigue (each at 0.6%). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Getting my first pet scan, will i get sick or nauseous from the radioactive medication/injection that i will receive?
Rarely: Becoming ill as a result of the radioactive injection (18-fdg) for a pet scan is extremely rare (i.e. It almost never occurs). However, *if* you are also having a ct scan *with contrast* at the time of your pet scan, this may make you feel warm or unusual during injection, and can rarely result in allergic reactions. If you have has such a reaction in the past, you should let the staff know! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pet scan and 2 injections of thyroglobulin and i'm still breastfeeding how can I stop? My son is 19mns he doesn't need it just wants it
Weaning: It is always hard to wean a child if they are breastfeeding for comfort, but the best thing to do is explain to him in simple terms that he is a big boy now, and be consistent- do not say yes one day and no the next. Cold turkey. He will cry but he will get over it. Buy him a little present for being a big boy-. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will prolotherapy (including dextrose injections into my knee and lower back) a week before my PET scan affect the PET scan?
What is the question: Currently pet scans are widely use for evaluation of glucose metabolism in the body. In oncology, is use to for initial metabolic characterization of tumors, metastases as well as for treatment response and surveillance. In cardiology, pet scans are use to assess heart ischemia and viability and in neurology the study is use to evaluate cognitive disorders, epilepsy and brain tumors ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
StandardUptakeValue: Suv simply stands for standard uptake value of a certain area on a scan (lesion, lymph node, etc). This is typically used to standardize pet scans between institutions and physicians. Studies show that maximum suvs of certain lesions are more indicative of cancer. This takes out some of the subjectiveness of reading the studies because by looking at this value, one can decide if it is high or low. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Approved for cancer: Pet scan are approved for staging, response assessment and surveillance of certain types of cancers. However, any pathologic process that augments the consumption of glucose (such as infection or inflammation) can be evaluated, though these indications are not currently covered. In addition, pet scans are used to evaluate for brain cognitive disorder, heart ischemia and myocardial viability. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Much like a CT: Pet/ct is a scanner which looks a lot like a ct scanner. However, pet scans most often use a radioactive form of glucose, the energy source for most of the cells in our bodies. The pet scanner can detect and measure how much of the radioactive glucose analog, f-18 fdg, is in a particular organ or region. The areas using more glucose are hyper metabolic and generally more concerning. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
PETs...: Pet scans can be used for a variety of purposes depending on the specific radiotracer used. Most commonly, pets are done with FDG (glucose) for oncologic reasons. Other uses of pet include cardiac pet (viability and perfusion studies) or neurologic pet (for seizure focus mapping or dementia). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Blood Flow: A pet/ct with n13 ammonia allows evaluation of the flow of blood in the cardiac vessels, and is useful in determining if a patient would benefit from a more invasive test, called a cardiac angiogram, to better view suspected vessel narrowings (called stenoses) and possibly treat them with angioplasty and stenting. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Tricky: Not all cancers are hypermetabolic on pet scans and not all hypermetabolic activity in a pet scan is cancer. Inflammation/infection can also show hypermetabolic activity. Pet scans are performed in conjugation with ct (pet/ct) and though pet is great for detecting metabolism (high sensitivity), its specificity is not as great and also has poor anatomic resolution. Reading a pet requires care/skil. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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