Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography (PET/CT)


What is a PET - CT scan ?

It is an abbreviation of ‘Positron Emission Tomography with Computed tomography’. What it basically means is imaging the functional activity of tissues in the body based on an injection of a radioactive medicine. The tracer, most of the times, a radioactive form of glucose, is usually injected intravenously. This tracer goes to most of the cells in the body as a normal distribution, but accumulates more in cells with higher cellular activity, which corresponds to the site of disease. On the PET scan these are
seen as bright areas.

Common Indications for PET-CT scans

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