PET Scan

Domain : Diagnosis

Category : My daily life

Simplified definition

An imaging tool that shows how organs are working by injecting a tracer into the veins to find abnormal activities in the body, which helps detect diseases.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Positon emission tomography (PET) is a type of nuclear medicine procedure that measures metabolic activity of the cells of body tissues.”

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine. Positron Emission Tomography (PET). [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022].

Context

“An amyloid-PET Scan [sic] measures the build-up of abnormal amyloid protein in the brain, one of the key hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Source: Alzheimer’s Society. Having a PET scan. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 

Note

  • “PET” stands for “Positon emission tomography”.
  • PET scans are particularly helpful in the diagnosis of cancers.

Synonym(s)

PET scan / Tomographie par émission de positrons

PET Scan : RELATED DEFINITIONS

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