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Exploring the Role of PET and CT Scans

PET  and CT scans are medical imaging techniques that are used to diagnose and monitor a wide range of medical conditions. PET scans use a radioactive tracer that is injected into the patient's bloodstream. This tracer accumulates in the body's tissues, and the PET scanner detects the emitted radiation to create a 3D image of the body's metabolic activity. CT scans use X-rays to create detailed images of the body's internal structures. The scanner rotates around the patient, capturing multiple images from different angles, which are then reconstructed into a 3D image. PET-CT scans are commonly used to diagnose and monitor cancer, as cancerous cells typically have higher metabolic activity than healthy cells, making them more visible on the scan. They are non-invasive and do not typically require anesthesia. The patient may need to fast before the scan or avoid certain medications to ensure accurate results. They are generally safe, but they do expose the patient to radiation. The amount of radiation is small and considered safe for most patients

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PET  and CT scans are medical imaging techniques that are used to diagnose and monitor a wide range of medical conditions. PET scans use a radioactive tracer that is injected into the patient's bloodstream. This tracer accumulates in the body's tissues, and the PET scanner detects the emitted radiation to create a 3D image of the body's metabolic activity. CT scans use X-rays to create detailed images of the body's internal structures. The scanner rotates around the patient, capturing multiple images from different angles, which are then reconstructed into a 3D image. PET-CT scans are commonly used to diagnose and monitor cancer, as cancerous cells typically have higher metabolic activity than healthy cells, making them more visible on the scan. They are non-invasive and do not typically require anesthesia. The patient may need to fast before the scan or avoid certain medications to ensure accurate results. They are generally safe, but they do expose the patient to radiation. The amount of radiation is small and considered safe for most patients