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PET scan of the colon and rectum

PET scan of the colon and rectum

PET scan of the colon and rectum: A PET (positron emission tomography) scan of the colon and rectum is medical imaging following intravenous injection of radioactive glucose (sugar); glucose is uniformly metabolized by normal cells, whereas diseased cells acquire the glucose more readily. The increase in radioactivity is detected by a PET scanner and generates a picture, called a tomogram that shows the diseased area.

PET scan of the colon and rectum: Other Names

Other names for PET scan of the colon and rectum include:

  • Positron emission tomography of the colon and rectum
  • FDG-PET scan
  • Colorectal PET scan
  • Scintigraphy

Symptoms Associated with PET scan of the colon and rectum

These symptoms may be diagnosed by, screened for, or associated with PET scan of the colon and rectum:

  • History of colorectal cancer

Diseases Associated with PET scan of the colon and rectum

These diseases or medical conditions may be diagnosed by, screened for, or associated with PET scan of the colon and rectum:

  • Early recurrence of colorectal cancer
  • Decrease in colorectal cancer (response to therapy)
  • Metastatic colorectal cancer

Basic Information: PET scan of the colon and rectum

Disease or Condition count: 0; see list of conditions below. These are the diseases or medical conditions in which the medical test 'PET scan of the colon and rectum' may be involved.

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