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Positron Emission Tomography


As per available reports about 33 Conferences, 10 Workshops and 8 relevant Journals are presently dedicated exclusively to Positron Emission Tomography and about 27 articles are being published on Positron Emission Tomography.

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a test that uses a special type of camera and a tracer (radioactive chemical) to look at organs in the body. The tracer usually is a special form of a substance (such as glucose) that collects in cells that are using a lot of energy, such as cancer cells.

During the test, the tracer liquid is put into a vein (intravenous, or IV) in your arm. The tracer moves through your body, where much of it collects in the specific organ or tissue. The tracer gives off tiny positively charged particles (positrons). The camera records the positrons and turns the recording into pictures on a computer.

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A PET scan can help a doctor find nervous system problems, such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, transient ischemic attack (TIA),amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington's disease, stroke, and schizophrenia. Evaluate some cancers, especially lymphoma or cancers of the head and neck, brain, lung, colon, or prostate. In its early stages, cancer may show up more clearly on a PET scan than on a CT scan or an MRI.

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine, functional imaging technique which studies metabolic activity or body function that produces a three-dimensional image of functional processes in the body. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue under study. PET is most often used by oncologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons, and cardiologists. 

The radionuclide used in PET scans is made by attaching a radioactive atom to chemical substances that are used naturally by the particular organ or tissue during its metabolic process. In PET scans of the brain, a radioactive atom is applied to glucose (blood sugar) to create a radionuclide called fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), because the brain uses glucose for its metabolism. FDG is widely used in PET scanning. 
PET scans may be used to evaluate organs and/or tissues for the presence of disease or other conditions. PET may also be used to evaluate the function of organs such as the heart or brain. Another use of PET scans is in the evaluation of the treatment of cancer.

Market Analysis:

TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Positron Emission Tomography market to grow at a CAGR of 3.74 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increase in the aging population. The Global PET market has also been witnessing the fusion of PET with other modalities. However, the negative impact of the economic recession could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

TechNavio's report, the Global PET Market 2012-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global PET market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

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