Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Your doctor has discussed the need for a PET. Understand what it is, what to expect, and how it might benefit your health.
What is a PET?
Commonly called a PET scan, PET stands for positron emission tomography. It’s commonly requested in order to provide more information about how the following organs and tissues are working:
How does a PET scan work? During your PET, you’ll be injected with a small amount of radioactive material, called a tracer. This tracer travels throughout your body and collects in your organs and tissues, giving your radiologist a highlighted view of the area under examination.
In order for your radiologist to assess your body’s function, you’ll lie still on a table and pass through a tunnel-like machine. This machine will detect the tracer and transform the signals into the image your radiologist will assess.
Why is a PET scan important to your health? Generally, a PET gives your doctor a much more complete picture as to the origin or causes of symptoms you might have. Clear information means concise treatment; and focused treatment gives you the best opportunity to improve your health. Also, a PET can have results that indicate that your body is functioning just as it should, therefore ruling out serious conditions.
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