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Pet/ct scan of brain shown bilateral temporal(more severe on left side)parietal, thalami & basal ganglia hypo metabolism.What does it mean, pl advice.

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology
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In brief: MaybeNothing

Pet/ct can show a region of hypometabolism, yes.
But you describe many areas, including bilateral areas. That is much harder to accurately define on these kinds of tests, and results should be viewed with caution. Also, remember that the metabolism images should fit with what is wrong with the patient.

In brief: MaybeNothing

Pet/ct can show a region of hypometabolism, yes.
But you describe many areas, including bilateral areas. That is much harder to accurately define on these kinds of tests, and results should be viewed with caution. Also, remember that the metabolism images should fit with what is wrong with the patient.
Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology

In brief: PET of Brain is a ..

Useful adjunct (additional) test, but should not be interpreted in a vacuum. It should be performed to help differentiate between 2 or 3 clinical diagnoses following a complete history and physical by a neurologist, as well as appropriate laboratory and other testing.
The hypometabolism described can be due to many different causes, depending on the patient age, other medical problems, etc.

In brief: PET of Brain is a ..

Useful adjunct (additional) test, but should not be interpreted in a vacuum. It should be performed to help differentiate between 2 or 3 clinical diagnoses following a complete history and physical by a neurologist, as well as appropriate laboratory and other testing.
The hypometabolism described can be due to many different causes, depending on the patient age, other medical problems, etc.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Dr. Joseph Accurso
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