PET scans are a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of computerized tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) to create images of the inside of the body. CT is a type of X-ray that creates detailed, cross-sectional images of the body. PET is a type of nuclear medicine that uses a radioactive substance to produce images of biological tissues or organs. Together, CT and PET scans create highly detailed images that can be used to diagnose and monitor many types of diseases.
In addition to helping doctors diagnose and monitor disease, PET scans can also be used to detect tumors in patients who may have signs of cancer, including masses in the liver or abdominal wall, an enlarged lymph node, high blood pressure, diabetes, certain heart conditions, liver disease. or an enlarged spleen.
In some cases, PET scans can also be used to monitor treatment for various conditions. For example, physicians may use PET scans to help track how well medications are working after they are given to patients with cancer. The test may also be used to check if you have an infection like tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS
Additionally, PET scans may be used to check for side effects from certain cancer treatments before surgery or other procedures are started. Like all imaging tests, PET scans have their limitations and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis by a medical professional.
It is also the most accurate way to show how much blood flows through your heart, for example, and is used in both screening and diagnosis.
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