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Why do people get a pet scan?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
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Dr. Garry Choy
Radiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Cancer work-up
Usually patients get pet scans for cancer work-ups, diagnosis - but not always - can also be for inflammatory diseases.

In brief: Cancer work-up
Usually patients get pet scans for cancer work-ups, diagnosis - but not always - can also be for inflammatory diseases.
Dr. Garry Choy
Dr. Garry Choy
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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Several reasons
Lung cancer, breast cancer, testicular and ovarian cancer, recurrent colorectal cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, recurrent brain tumors, tumor-therapy monitoring, and assessing effectiveness of treatments such as chemotherapy.
Coronary artery disease and myocardial viability. Diagnosis of parkinson's, alzheimer's, huntington's, epilepsy, and stroke.

In brief: Several reasons
Lung cancer, breast cancer, testicular and ovarian cancer, recurrent colorectal cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, recurrent brain tumors, tumor-therapy monitoring, and assessing effectiveness of treatments such as chemotherapy.
Coronary artery disease and myocardial viability. Diagnosis of parkinson's, alzheimer's, huntington's, epilepsy, and stroke.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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