Meadows Blog | PET Scans

Meadows Blog | PET Scans


Hello, I’m Dr. Kenyon Meadows,
board-certified radiation oncologist with Southeast Georgia Health System
Cancer Care Centers. When a patient first visits me prior to scheduling treatment,
one of the most useful tests I routinely order is called a PET scan. A PET scan is
a type of diagnostic imaging study where a patient is injected with sugar that
has low levels of radioactive activity attached to it. The radiation levels are
sufficiently low that they pose essentially no danger to the patient or
exposure risk to the public, but because cancer cells are very active and
multiply at a rapid rate, they absorb the majority of the radioactive sugar, often
producing a clear picture of where cancer is distributed throughout the
body. This is very useful in determining the stage of your cancer, which in turn,
has a profound impact on the treatment I recommend to you. Additionally, the PET
scan can be a very useful tool to monitor your response to treatment. One
of my favorite visits with patients is when I can show them their before and
after PET scans when there has been clear and dramatic improvement. As always, if you have questions or comments about PET scans, please submit them in the box
below and I’ll respond via email. Thanks.

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