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All you need to know about Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan)

What is Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan)

An imaging test that helps reveal whether your tissues and organs are functioning properly is known as a positron emission tomography (PET) scan. Diseases can be detected before it shows up on other imaging tests in a PET scan. PET scan gives 3-dimensional images, which clearly shows the part of the body investigated, any abnormal areas, and if specific functions of the body are working.

When is Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan) recommended?

- A doctor may ask to get a PET scan to reveal or evaluate if the person has cancer, heart disease, or a brain disorder.
- PET Scan is used to confirm the cases of cancer, how far has the cancer spread, and how is the cancer responding to the treatment.
- Conditions that affect the normal working of the brain can also be found out by a PET scan.
- Operations such as coronary artery biopsy graft and brain surgery for epilepsy sometimes use PET scans to help plan the operation.

Preparing for Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan)

- The doctor must be informed if you have had any bad allergic reactions, have medical conditions or were sick recently, are taking any medications, are claustrophobic, or are pregnant.
- Avoid strenuous activities before the scan
- Do not eat anything for a few hours before the scan

Understanding Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan) results
Results usually come within 48 hours of the PET Scan.
Areas, where there is an excessive amount of radioactive isotopes or “hot spots, can be seen in the PET scan. This may suggest the presence of cancer. At mfine, you will find assistance and the required treatment.

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