The Epilepsy Foundation defines seizure as a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that either excites or inhibits brain cells from sending messages. In and of itself, a seizure is not a disease. Rather, it is a symptom or a serious sign of an underlying condition affecting the brain. In some cases, seizures […]
Huntington’s disease is one of the severest diseases a person could suffer. It is a deadly, genetic, and irreversible disorder that gradually breaks down the cells in the brain. Its symptoms have been described as a combination of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS, and every child whose parent has it has a 50% chance of developing […]
Positron emission tomography (PET) scans help physicians and clinicians see how well the tissues and organs inside the body are functioning. Among the functions that a PET scan can detect include blood flow, glucose metabolism, and oxygen use. Because of its ability to detect these bodily functions, a PET scan can effectively be used to […]
Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is the third most common type of thyroid cancer, making up about 3 percent of all thyroid cancer cases. Although considered very rare, this type of cancer can spread fast to other areas of the body. Both physicians and patients, therefore, stay wary of the possibility of recurrence even after successful […]
Given the slow-growing nature of prostate cancer and its lack of a high metabolic rate, PET scans are often seen as a poor imaging method for an accurate diagnosis. Back then, the lack of effective tracer drugs have hindered medical experts from using PET scans as a tool in detecting the patient’s prostate-specific antigen (PSA) […]
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is fundamentally used to diagnose illnesses ‘showing’ how the cells in the body are functioning. One of PET’s wide array of uses is in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, a progressive degenerative disorder that negatively affects the motor or movement pathways in the brain.