positron emission tomography


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positron emission tomography

n. Abbr. PET
Tomography in which a computer-generated image of local metabolic and physiological functions in tissues is produced through the detection of gamma rays that are emitted when introduced radionuclides decay and release positrons.

positron emission tomography

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(Medicine) a technique for assessing brain activity and function by recording the emission of positrons from radioactively labelled substances, such as glucose or dopamine

pos′itron emis`sion tomog`raphy


n.
the process of producing a PET scan. Compare PET scanner.

Positron Emission Tomography

(PET scan) A diagnostic method of examining tissues within the brain using a radioactive isotope injected into the bloodstream
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Noun1.positron emission tomography - using a computerized radiographic technique to examine the metabolic activity in various tissues (especially in the brain)
tomography, imaging - (medicine) obtaining pictures of the interior of the body
Translations
pozitronová emisní tomografie
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Phelps and his colleagues created the positron emission tomography scanner in 1974, two years before he came to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he now heads up various programs, officials said.
owns, operates and administers outpatient medical diagnostic imaging centers that utilize positron emission tomography (PET), and PET and computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging equipment.
Positron emission tomography, first developed by Phelps in 1973, is a medical imaging technique that allows doctors and scientists to watch the biological process of a disease, thereby providing critical information that can help with earlier diagnosis and better therapies.

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