Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What a PET Scan Can Do for Conditions Characterized by Tissue Damage

PET or positron emission tomography scans are commonly used by doctors to determine changes to a patient’s body at the early stages of various diseases. The procedure uses radioactive tracers that organs and tissues absorb. A PET scanner then highlights these tracers, enabling doctors to track them and assess the current conditions and functions of bodily tissues.

Friday, July 8, 2016

What Conditions Should You Inform Your Doctor About Before an MRI?

MRI or magnetic resonance imaging uses a combination of a powerful magnetic field, rapidly changing magnetic fields and radio waves to create organs and tissues in the body to help diagnose injuries or diseases. While MRIs often yield accurate results, patients may not be aware that certain conditions can affect the scan, or even distort the image. This is why it’s a good idea to disclose information regarding your health to your doctor beforehand. Here are some examples of conditions that can impact the scan.