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PET scan of the head and neck

PET scan of the head and neck

PET scan of the head and neck: A PET (positron emission tomography) scan of the head and neck 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 head and neck: Other Names

Other names for PET scan of the head and neck include:

  • Positron emission tomography of the head and neck
  • Scintigraphy

Symptoms Associated with PET scan of the head and neck

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

Diseases Associated with PET scan of the head and neck

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

  • Recurrent nasal cavity cancer
  • Recurrent sinus cancer
  • Recurrent lip cancer
  • Recurrent mouth cancer
  • Recurrent salivary gland cancer
  • Recurrent throat cancer
  • Recurrent larynx cancer
  • Metastatic nasal cavity cancer
  • Metastatic sinus cancer
  • Metastatic lip cancer
  • Metastatic mouth cancer
  • Metastatic salivary gland cancer
  • Metastatic throat cancer
  • Metastatic larynx cancer

Basic Information: PET scan of the head and neck

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 head and neck' may be involved.

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