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PET Scan

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan. A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that can help reveal the metabolic or biochemical function of your tissues and organs. The PET scan uses a radioactive drug (tracer) to show both normal and abnormal metabolic activity.

common reasons for a PET scan:

  • Detecting cancerous abnormalities
  • Identifying whether your cancer has spread
  • Checking whether a cancer treatment is working
  • Finding signs of reoccurring cancer
  • Tumors
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Decreased blood flow to the heart

How Does it Work?

As mentioned above and prior to the scan itself, you will be injected with a drug tracer that will show normal and abnormal activities of your metabolic system during the procedure. Like the CT scan, you will lay on a table that will slide into an open circular tube and will remain there until the scan is completed. This procedure takes roughly 30 minutes to complete.

PET Scan Video: What to Expect