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PET Scan

General Information

Overview

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that uncovers how your tissues and organs are working. A PET scan uses a radioactive medication (tracer) to demonstrate this movement. This scan can in some cases recognize infection before it appears on other imaging tests.

The tracer might be infused, gulped or breathed in, contingent upon which organ or tissue is being contemplated. The tracer gathers in territories of your body that have larger amounts of compound action, which frequently relate to zones of sickness. On a PET output, these territories appear as splendid spots.

A PET output is helpful in uncovering or assessing a few conditions, including numerous malignant growths, coronary illness, and cerebrum issue. Regularly, PET pictures are joined with CT or MRI scans to make uncommon perspectives.

Risks

For your PET scan, a radioactive drug (tracer) will be put into your body. Because the amount of radiation you’re exposed to is small, the risk of negative effects from it is low. But the tracer might:

  • Cause a major allergic reaction, in rare instances
  • Expose your unborn baby to radiation if you are pregnant
  • Expose your child to radiation if you are breastfeeding

Uses

Epilepsy: It can reveal which part of the brain the epilepsy is affecting.

This can help doctors decide on the most suitable treatment, and it can be useful if surgery is necessary.

Alzheimer’s disease: PET scans can help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease by measuring the uptake of sugar in specific parts of the brain.

Brain cells that are affected by Alzheimer’s tend to use glucose more slowly than normal cells.

Cancer: PET scans can reveal the presence and stage of cancer, show whether and where it has spread, and help doctors decide on treatment.

A PET scan can give an idea of how well chemotherapy is working, and it can detect a recurring tumor sooner than other techniques.

Heart disease: A PET scan can help detect which parts of the heart have been damaged or scarred, and it can help identify circulation problems in the working of the heart.

This information can help plan treatment options for heart disease.

Medical research: Researchers can learn vital information by using PET scans, especially about the workings of the brain.

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