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PET Scans
Julia Savage
May 1, 2012

PET Scans PET scans (Position Emission Tomography) are a wonderful addition to present-day health care. PET scans are a type of imaging test that shows the physician, the patient’s organs and tissue in his or her body, and how these organs and tissues are functioning. PET scans gives the physician three-dimensional pictures, and the physician can see organs, and tissues from any angle to check for abnormalities much faster than CT scans or an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). Currently, PET scans are most commonly used to detect cancer, heart problems (such as coronary artery disease and damage to the heart following a heart attack), brain disorders (including brain tumors, memory disorders, seizures) and other central nervous system disorders (Cleveland Clinic, 2009).
Efficient and Effective Communication PET scans are one most efficient and effective ways of communication for physicians and their patients. These scans are more effective because this scan can detect an abnormality or abnormalities faster and more accurately than any other scan, which in turn makes it more efficient and effective in the diagnosis of diseases. Pet scans are more effective than a CT Scan or MRI because it detects and reveals the cellular level metabolic changes occurring in an organ or tissue faster than CT scans or MRI and that makes it more efficient to make treat the patient sooner for better prognosis.
Advantages and Disadvantages Because a PET scans can reveal any change in a cell detecting cellular level metabolic change earlier, is an advantage for patient, his or her family, and the physician. Another advantage is the scan can be done as an outpatient, and the results are back within two to three days. Disadvantages are radiation exposure, not every hospital has a PET scan, and…...

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