Positron Emission Tomography
- Whole body
|PET Scans of the Brain|
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Reasons for Test
- Looking for tumors or assessing tumor level of activity after treatment
- Assessing causes of memory disorders
- Finding the cause of seizures and helping to find treatments
- Assessing brain metabolism in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
- Looking for heart disease
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Do not eat or drink anything, except water, for at least four hours before the scan.
- Check with your doctor about taking your regular medications.
- If you have diabetes , ask the doctor for specific diet recommendations for the test day, since this can affect your results.
- Tell your doctor if you are or might be pregnant.
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
Society of Nuclear Medicine http://interactive.snm.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/05/2014 -
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