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The impeccable contribution of PET-CT scans

The development of the PET age in India dates to 30th September 2002, at the Radiation Medicine Centre(Bhabha Atomic Research Centre) situated at the Tata Memorial Centrein Mumbai. This BGO-based full-ring dedicated stand-alone PETscanner remains as the only one of its kind in the country.

Approximately more than 1000 patients undergo PET scan in Mumbai.

What is a PET scan?

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test conducted by the doctor to analyse and treat the disease in your body. The radioactive tracer-dye is made to either swallow, inhale, or injected into a vein in the arm depending on what part of the body is being examined.

What is a CT scan?

It is a Computed Tomography or CT scan that is used as an effective tool to envision the inner parts of your body.

PET scans in accordance with CT scansproduce more detailed images and are called PET-CT scans.

Risks & Benefits of PET CT scan:

Let us have a look at the benefits first.

ü  Helps detect and identify life threatening diseases like cancer, coronary diseases, brain disorders and problems related with central nervous system.
ü  Helps the doctor differentiate between benign and malignant tumours.
ü  Helps in identifying a suitable treatment and can check whether the patient is responding to the treatment.
ü  Post treatment, depending upon the symptoms, the scan usually helps to find if the cancer has relapsed.
ü  PET CT scanuses radioactive material and it is associated with few risks too, such as:
ü  Numerous PET-CT scanswould expose a patient to high level of radiation.
ü  PET-C Tscanis not recommended for pregnant ladies and if the patient is breast-feeding.
ü  Patients might be vulnerable to an allergic reaction to the solution injected
ü  Normally it takes 20-30 minutes to complete the entire procedure of CT scan. Thereafter a radiologist conducts this non-invasive process using X Ray in interpreting the images, write a report, and deliver the results to the doctor. This process usually takes 24 hours.

The following types of PET scan test are available in Mumbai:

ü  Cardiac PET scan: The patient here undergoes a scan where the tracer detects activities and produces image.

ü  PET F18 FDG scan: FDG (fluorodeoxyglucose) scan is a glucose scan conducted if the heart muscles are permanently damaged. This scan is used for Oncology, Neuroimaging, Cardiology, infectious diseases and to detect many other diseases.

ü  PET/CT scan: In terms of getting more accurate result PET and CT scans are carried as it provides 3D image of the affected body part, where abnormal metabolic activity is detected.

All types of cancer, Heart problems and Brain disorders are detected with the use of PET -CT scan diagnosis in Mumbai.

There are manyPET CT scan centres in Mumbai. You need to carry out an extensive researchand reach out to a good and reputablehospital for getting a petct scan done.

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