A PET scan is a test that uses a special type of camera and a radioactive chemical called a "tracer" to look at organs in the body. PET stands for positron emission tomography.
During the test, the tracer liquid is put into a vein in your arm. It moves through your body and collects in the specific organ or tissue, where it gives off tiny positively charged particles (positrons). The camera records the positrons and turns the recording into pictures on a computer.
A PET scan is often used to:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a
list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have
your test results.
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Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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