positron emission tomography scan

PET scan. A procedure in which a small amount of radioactive glucose (sugar) is injected into a vein, and a scanner is used to make detailed, computerized pictures of areas inside the body where the glucose is used. Because cancer cells often use more glucose than normal cells, the pictures can be used to find cancer cells in the body. Also called PET scan.

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  • PET scan — [ˈpet skæn] n medical positron emission tomography scan a type of medical test that can produce a picture of areas in your body where cells are very active, for example the brain or where a ↑tumour is growing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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