• Pet Scan results

    Asked by Linda2010 on Friday, March 29, 2013

    Pet Scan results

    My husband just had a PET scan and has 3 additional spots in left lung. The highest SUV was 3.3. He was just in REHab with a bacterial infection. Has anyone had a PET scan where they said it is probably metastatic and it ended up being from an infection?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, when I had my PET scan I had hot spots in several places including the lungs. Hot spots are not necessarily caner. Any type of inflammation or infection will result in a hot spot on a PET scan. Mine was probably a temporary inflammation. When I had a chest CT scan a couple of months later, there was no indication of a tumor or any other issue with my lungs.

      over 3 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      YES. My dad has pancreatic cancer. He went for a PET/CT scan when he had a little chest cold last year, and it looked like he had metastases in his lung and lymph nodes. It turned out on the next scan that it was just the increased activity from the infection.

      over 3 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I will tell you exactly what the radiology report said at the time--

      chest: Hypermetabolic right paratracheal lymph node with maximum SUV of 4.7

      Diffuse irregular hypermetabolic activity in the right lobe with maximum SUV of 6.9

      Some right infrahilar bronchial thickening and soft tissue fullness, mildly hypermetabolic with maximum SUV of 4.6

      All of this disappeared on the next scan. We were concerned at the time that it was the cancer spreading. So it is possible.

      over 3 years ago

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