…Now I’m Scared and Want to Know More About It!
If your doctor has recently ordered a positron emission tomography (PET) scan for you or a loved one, you are probably wondering what is PET CT scan used for? The primary reason for undergoing a PET scan is to assist your doctor in making a diagnosis or learn more about your current health condition. Some doctors prefer to use this technology for monitoring purposes as it helps them get a clear picture of how a specific part of your body is functioning. With other imaging technologies, they typically only see how the body part in question looks.
PET Scans and Specific Medical Conditions
Your doctor is likely to order a PET scan if he or she suspects you have one of the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease: This technology allows doctors to see the brain and determine how well it is functioning. It also allows for differential diagnosis between Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
- Cancer: A PET scan is extremely useful in detecting cancer, helping the doctor assign a stage to the cancer, and determining whether the cancer has spread beyond its original point of detection. It also helps doctors monitor whether chemotherapy is effective.
- Epilepsy: After a person has suffered his or her first seizure, doctors usually order an MRI. A PET scan is useful in pinpointing the exact area in the brain that is affected by the patient’s epilepsy.
- Heart disease: PET scans aid doctors in determining the specific areas of the heart that have sustained permanent damage. This is crucial in coming up with a treatment plan and to avoid further complications.
We’re Always Available to Answer Your Questions
At Glendale MRI Institute, we understand that undergoing medical testing makes many people anxious. We are happy to answer any questions you have about your upcoming PET scan to help put your mind at ease. Please contact us to schedule an appointment as soon as you receive orders from your doctor and let us know what else we can do for you.