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Understanding the Benefits and Risks of PET Scans

A Radiologist explains the benefits and risks of PET scans

Irving, TX – Oct 26, 2018Diagnostic Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans are used to identify the biochemical changes in a patient while metabolic PET scans are used in diagnosing, staging and following up on administered treatments. PET scans can identify whether lesions are malignant or benign and eliminate the need for surgical biopsies. They can also determine if treatments are working as planned and as well help patients to avoid unnecessary treatment procedures.

“PET scanning process has proven to be the most effective way to check for cancer recurrence,” explained the radiologist. “With PET scans, especially when combined with CT scans, doctors can make accurate diagnoses and develop highly targeted treatment plans that improve the patient outcomes.”

Here are the benefits of PET scans:

• A PET scan can study the body functions using the biochemical processes and detect diseases before the signs and symptoms manifest. It is more effective than the other imaging tests.

• PET imaging can be used as an alternative to biopsy and other surgeries that are carried out to determine disease progression.

• PET scanning can differentiate between cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, and the scans are accurate medical tools that can help to minimize unnecessary surgeries, which are usually performed because of, wrong diagnosis and staging of data.

• PET scans can effectively diagnose neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and more while in its early stages.

• It is the best options for patients who are scared of getting an infection from medical procedures.

• PET scans are safer compared to other CT scans because the radiation dosage exposure is relatively low.

The cons of PET imaging include:

• Even though the radioactive elements in PET scans are short-lived, they can cause complications to expectant mothers.

• The radioactive components used in PET scanning may not be long lasting, but they still expose the patient to radioactive rays, meaning that the patient cannot undergo PET imaging regularly.

• PET imaging is an expensive treatment compared to other medical imaging techniques. Also, the sensitivity of PET imaging is very high such that if a patient is suffering from chemical imbalance like those with diabetes or has eaten something before taking a PET scan, it is often likely that the procedure will record false results.

“Before undergoing a PET scan, a patient should ask their doctor if it is necessary to have the scan,” said the radiologist. “The radiotracer doses may be small, but if exposed multiple times it may not be good for the health of the patient.”

About PET/CT of Las Colinas

PET/CT of Las Colinas is dedicated to the care and wellbeing of our patients. We understand that the foundation of a successful treatment plan – or a clean bill of health – begins with sophisticated, accurate imagery. We look forward to providing you with the highest level of care. Our imaging center is located conveniently across the highway from the Las Colinas Medical Center within the Las Colinas Cancer Center on Highway 161 in Irving, TX. and – once here – we offer hassle-free curbside parking.

Contact Details:

PET / CT of Las Colinas
7415 Las Colinas Blvd, Suite 110
Irving, TX 75063
Phone: 214-379-2790
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