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Positron Emission Tomography Scanning - PET Scan
positron emission tomography scanning - pet scan
Positron Emission Tomography Scanning
A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a unique type of imaging test that helps doctors sees how the organs and tissues inside your body are actually functioning
. A small amount of radioactive material is necessary to show this activity.
PET scans can be used to diagnose a health condition, as well as for finding out how an existing condition is developing. A PET scan is useful in evaluating a variety of conditions including neurological problems, heart disease and cancer.
Medicare and private insurance companies cover the cost of most PET scans.
A PET scan allows physicians to measure the body's abnormal molecular cell activity to detect:
Cancers such as breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, lymphonma, melanoma, melanoma, and other skin cancers
To assess tumor aggressiveness
To monitor success of therapy
To detect early any recurrent tumors
To provide a whole-body survey for cancer that may have spread
To identify benign and malignant growths
To help doctors decide on the most appropriate cancer treatment
Brain Disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and Epilepsy
To diagnose Alzheimer's and other dementia
To determine the location of epileptic seizures prior to surgery
To diagnose movement disorders like Parkinson's disease
To determine what heart tissue is still alive following a suspected heart attack
To predict success of angioplasty (balloon) or bypass surgery
To determine if coronary arteries are blocked
To detect which specific parts of the heart have been damaged
Related tests include:
Brain PET scan
Breast PET scan
Heart PET scan
Lung PET scan
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