Yes, a PET/CT scan absolutely optimizes the outcome of your cancer surgery! When using PET/CT imaging for reference, your surgeon has a greater likelihood of getting a good biopsy sample. Often, without a PET/CT scan, surgeons miss tumours entirely, when taking a biopsy sample. This means that cancerous tissue remains and continues to grow in your body.
Without the use of PET/CT imaging, surgeons often miss tumours entirely, when taking a biopsy sample. This is due to the lack of definition and detail found in standard cancer imaging tools (ultrasound, CT, MRI). A poor biopsy makes it more difficult for a surgeon to accurately pinpoint and remove cancerous tissue.
We highly recommend that anyone who thinks they might have cancer, or has received a diagnosis of cancer, has a PET/CT scan. PET/CT imaging will reveal if you have received a false negative or false positive, so you will know for sure whether you have cancer – and exactly where it is. More than that, a PET/CT scan will guarantee that you and your oncologist has as much information as possible about your form of cancer so you can move forward and choose the best treatment options.
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