Positron emission tomography
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What is a PET scan and how does it work?
A PET (positron emission tomography) scan is a type of imaging test that uses radioactive glucose (radiotracer) to see where cancer cells may be. Since cancer cells intake more glucose than normal cells, injecting some glucose into a vein can reveal where cancerous cells are in the body when scanned and examined with computerized images. 1 锘匡豢锘?/div>PET Scan: Cancer Staging and Treatment – Verywell Health
Do all cancers show up on a PET scan?
Not all cancers show up on a PET scan. PET scan results are often used with other imaging and lab test results. Other tests are often needed to find out whether an area that collected a lot of radioactive material is non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).
What is a combination PET/CT scan?
A PET scan is a painless procedure that helps detect disease sooner than CT or MRI images. A combination PET/CT scan provides a more detailed look at organs and tissue. PET scans can ensure an accurate diagnosis and help your healthcare provider develop an effective treatment plan
How to use a PET scan for cancer staging and treatment?
Using a PET Scan for Cancer Staging and Treatment 1 PET Scan for Cancer. Before recommending a PET scan, your doctor may do a physical exam and ask about your family’s medical history. 2 Other Tests. Other imaging tests, such as CT and MRI scans, are often done in combination with PET scans. … 3 Treatment Plan. … 4 A Word From Verywell. …