PET Scan


A positron emission tomography, or PET, is a study generally used to assist in staging of colorectal cancers.  A radioactively labeled sugar molecule called FDG is used as a tracer to detect cells with an increased level of metabolic activity.  These cells will take up a disproportionate amount of the tracer, causing them to “light-up” on the 3-D image of the body.  This technique is often combined with a CT scan image done on the same day to improve diagnostic accuracy.

California Colorectal Surgeons
8929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 302
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: 424-274-0667
Fax: 310-659-5830
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