Hello. I am a male with a history of an electrical injury. I have devoloped many symptoms since this time and am sure this shock has compromised my health. Anyway, I've been seeing a doctor and I had a PET scan done which came back abnormal. My question is this. How reliable a test is the PET scan test? I did read somewhere on the internet that PET are not reliable. Is this a true statement? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Depends on what you're looking for. It can be very helpful for diseases such as parkinson's syndromes, neurodegenerative diseases, brain tumors in the setting of radiation changes, epilepsy, and brain injury. However, unless there's a particular question that the physician has in mind before getting the test, a minor or non specific abnormality on the PET scan that doesn't correlate with the clinical findings sometimes doesn't really mean anything and often times is unhelpful for the physician (and the patient). This of course doesn't mean that it's not a reliable test when used in the proper setting such as those diseases I described above. We just have to take the results with a grain of salt if we are unsure of its diagnostic relevance to the case. Hope that helps.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.