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1 PET Scans (Positron Emission Tomography) by Alicia Kwon
“a safe, effective and painless molecular imaging exam that is used to detect the presence and extent of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions and other physiological problems.” <

2 What process must the patient go through prior to and during the scan?
Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your scan, including what you may or may not eat or drink before your exam. Before undergoing the scan, be sure to tell your doctor of any medications—prescription and over-the-counter—that you are taking as well as any herbal medications and vitamins. If you are taking certain medications or have certain diseases, such as diabetes, you will be given specific instructions regarding preparation for your scan. It is essential to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant before undergoing a PET scan because of radiation exposure. Once injected into a vein, it typically takes from 45 minutes to 1 hour for the radiotracer to travel throughout the body and be absorbed into the organs or tissues to be examined. The scan itself may take another 30 to 60 minutes. You will be asked to remain still for the entire length of the exam, since motion will reduce the quality of the images.

3 How is a PET scan different from a CT or MRI scan?
It reveals the cellular level metabolic changes occurring in an organ or tissue. This is important and unique because disease processes often begin with functional changes at the cellular level. A PET scan can often detect these very early changes whereas a CT or MRI detect changes a little later as the disease begins to cause changes in the structure of organs or tissues.

4 What is the importance of PET scans?
Can measure such vital functions as blood flow, oxygen use, and glucose metabolism, which helps doctors identify abnormal from normal functioning organs and tissues. Can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a patient’s treatment plan, allowing the course of care to be adjusted if necessary. Early detection: Can detect cancer, heart problems (such as coronary artery disease and damage to the heart following a heart attack), brain disorders (including brain tumors, memory disorders, seizures) and other central nervous system disorders. Can provide information that once would have required many medical studies without the surgery or other invasive procedures that might otherwise have been required. Check brain function Diagnose cancer, heart problems, and brain disorders See how far cancer has spread Show areas in which there is poor blood flow to the heart

5 For more information… Understanding PET scans: Cancer survivor: Why a PET scan was crucial:

6 Were you paying attention? Let’s find out!
Name two reasons why PET scans are important. Why should you tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant before the procedure? What does PET stand for?

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