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PET scan of the heart

PET scan of the heart

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

PET scan of the heart: Other Names

Other names for PET scan of the heart include:

Symptoms Associated with PET scan of the heart

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

Diseases Associated with PET scan of the heart

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

  • Extent of heart muscle damage from heart attack
  • Determine if decreased blood flow is caused by damaged heart muscle

Basic Information: PET scan of the heart

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 heart' may be involved.

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