PET Scan: Astrocytoma (Grade 1)

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Title: PET Scan: Astrocytoma (Grade 1)
Description: A PET scan (positron emission tomography) of a 17 year old girl with a longstanding history of epilepsy, who has a brain tumor classified as a grade 1 astrocytoma. The PET scan indicates that the tumor is not metabolizing excess glucose and is therefore benign. PET scans allow doctors to tell if a tumor is malignant without resorting to a surgical biopsy.
Topics/Categories: Test or Procedure -- Imaging Procedures
Type: Color, Photo
Source: Dr. Giovanni Dichiro, Neuroimaging Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Creator: Unknown Photographer
AV Number: AV-0000-3636
Date Created: Unknown
Date Added: January 1, 2001
Reuse Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.