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Do pet scans show lung cancer?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Sort of...
The pet scan non-specifically show very metabolically active (consuming lots of energy), and lung cancer and its metastasis fit that category.
It is not specific. Benign conditions like sarcoid can also make pet studies glow very brightly as well. Slow growing lung cancer, broncheoalveolar may not be pt avid.

In brief: Sort of...
The pet scan non-specifically show very metabolically active (consuming lots of energy), and lung cancer and its metastasis fit that category.
It is not specific. Benign conditions like sarcoid can also make pet studies glow very brightly as well. Slow growing lung cancer, broncheoalveolar may not be pt avid.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Thomas Birdas
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not exactly
They show lesions that are suspicious for cancer (including lung cancer).
Typically co fir action with a biopsy is required before treatment is initiated.

In brief: Not exactly
They show lesions that are suspicious for cancer (including lung cancer).
Typically co fir action with a biopsy is required before treatment is initiated.
Dr. Thomas Birdas
Dr. Thomas Birdas
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Adjunctive
Pet scans utilize a special sugar molecule or glucose, and attaches a harmless piece of radioactivity to it (fdg).
The FDG is taken up by metabolically active tissue, and glows on imaging. Often tumors or lung cancers are metabolically active. A pet scan can be fused with a ct scan, and if a suspicious lung mass on ct scan is metabolically active by pet, it may indicate it is a lung cancer.

In brief: Adjunctive
Pet scans utilize a special sugar molecule or glucose, and attaches a harmless piece of radioactivity to it (fdg).
The FDG is taken up by metabolically active tissue, and glows on imaging. Often tumors or lung cancers are metabolically active. A pet scan can be fused with a ct scan, and if a suspicious lung mass on ct scan is metabolically active by pet, it may indicate it is a lung cancer.
Dr. David Cooke
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