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PET scans was posted 10/01/1999 10:03 am by Pam Acosta
E-mail Address: p_acosta@pancan.org

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The technique that they talk about in this article is not a secret. They refer to the PET scans that are becoming more and more common now as more institutions are acquiring the special equipment to do these types of scans. The difference between other scans and the PET scan is that the PET scan is able to "see" cancer cells and therefore determine the presence of cancer when tumors have not yet developed into large enough masses to be detected with regular CT scans or other scanning devices. These scans are being used more and more now but you must remember that the doctors first must even suspect something like PC to even think about doing a scan and normally once you have presented with symptoms, tumors will show on regular CT scans or other more conventional scans. The PET scans seem to be logical in cases where someone's "counts" are rising again and could be indicative of a reoccurance but yet nothing is showing yet on a regular scan. Hopefully the PET scans will become more and more popular and will be used for early detection. But their use has increased tremendously since that article was written in early 1998.

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