Scan, Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

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Title: Scan, Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Description: PET (positron emission tomography) scan; drawing shows patient lying on table that slides through the PET machine.

PET (positron emission tomography) scan. The patient lies on a table that slides through the PET machine. The head rest and white strap help the patient lie still. A small amount of radioactive glucose (sugar) is injected into the patient's vein, and a scanner makes a picture of where the glucose is being used in the body. Cancer cells show up brighter in the picture because they take up more glucose than normal cells do.
Topics/Categories: Test or Procedure -- Imaging Procedures
Type: Color, Medical Illustration
Source: National Cancer Institute
Creator: Terese Winslow (Illustrator)
AV Number: CDR466545
Date Created: November 9, 2012
Date Added: September 2, 2008
Reuse Restrictions: Yes - This image is copyright protected. Any use of this image is subject to prevailing copyright laws. U.S. Government has reuse rights. Please contact the rights holder of this image for permission requests.

Rights holder: Terese Winslow