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PET Scan Single Image

This slightly blurred single image is one taken 9 days after Matt’s first treatment with Chemotherapy

Click on the image to see the full set.

It shows areas that have taken up the radioactive glucose injected a short while earlier. Cancer cells are known to be heavy users of glucose though the heart and brain also make heavy use of glucose and also show up clearly. The small intestine and bladder also show up as the glucose is eliminated from the body.

The tumours on Matt’s neck are clearly visible as well as the one slightly lower that made his voice sound very hoarse in the early days. On the larger picture there is the less obvious involvement of a large number of lymph nodes in the abdominal area together with a clear lesion in the centre of the liver.

A range of much clearer PET scan images can be found at the Radiology Dept of the University of Arkansas.


  • olga said:

    i am looking a pet scans because my mother in law had one on monday and we will get the results this week. I have her images but cannot figure them out

  • PeteH (author) said:

    Good luck Olga with figuring them out.
    You could use a really good knowledge of anatomy and physiology which I don’t have. The link above to the Radiology Dept of University of Arkansas gives some much clearer images and some better ideas of how to read them.

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