Can A PET Scan Tell If A Tumor Is Malignant?

Will an infection light up on a PET scan?

It is important to remember that a PET scan can show many things.

The scans can’t tell the difference between activity due to a tumor and activity due to non-cancerous processes, such as inflammation or infection..

What causes hot spots on PET scans?

Areas of the body that use a lot of glucose, such as the brain and heart, will pick up this radioactive material and appear hot. Abnormal cells in the body that use a lot of glucose will also appear as “hot spots.” Cancer cells are highly metabolic and use a lot of sugar.

How accurate is a PET scan for cancer?

Although lung tumors are often initially evaluated through a chest x-ray or CT scan, PET and PET-CT scans are highly accurate at determining whether a lung mass is cancerous and may even eliminate the need for surgical biopsy.

How small a tumor can a PET scan detect?

Conclusion: Among nuclear medicine’s armamentarium, PET is the closest modality to CT or MR imaging in terms of limits of detection. Modern clinical PET scanners have a resolution limit of 4 mm, corresponding to the detection of tumors with a volume of 0.2 ml (7 mm diameter) in 5:1 T/B ratio.

What if PET scan is positive?

FDG-positive lesions often mean cancer, but not always. A variety of lesions have increased FDG radiotracer including infection, inflammation, autoimmune processes, sarcoidosis, and benign tumors. If such conditions are not identified accurately and in a timely manner, misdiagnosis can lead to inadequate therapies.

What can cause false positive PET scan?

While there are numerous etiologic causes for infection, tuberculosis and the fungal infections (Cryptococcosis, Histoplasmosis, Coccidioidomycosis, Blastomycosis, and Aspergillosis) are most commonly described as source of false positive results with PET/CT examinations (Bunyaviroch and Coleman, 2005).