Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. A PET scan detects changes in cellular function – how cells are using nutrients like sugar and oxygen. Since these functional changes take place before physical changes occur, PET can provide information that enables your physician to make an early diagnosis.
The advantage of computerized tomography (CT) is the ability to take cross-sectional images of your body. Often, these are combined with information from the PET scan to provide more anatomic details of the metabolic changes in the body. When these two scans are fused together, one can view metabolic changes in the proper anatomical context of your body.
Additional Imaging Information
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