Positron Emission Tomography, Various Sites (Brain, Heart, Pelvis)
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To assess blood flow and metabolic processes at the site of interest, to assist in diagnosis of disorders such as ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, cancer, and to evaluate head trauma (head/brain); coronary artery disease, infarct, and aneurysm (chest/thorax, heart, vascular system); colorectal tumor, to assist in tumor staging, and monitor the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions (pelvis).
There are no activity restrictions unless by medical direction. Instruct the patient to restrict food for 4 hr; restrict alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine-containing drinks for 24 hr; and withhold medications for 24 hr before the test. Protocols may vary among facilities.
- Normal patterns of tissue metabolism, blood flow, and homogeneous radionuclide distribution.
Critical Findings and Potential Interventions
- Cerebrovascular accident
- Tumor with significant mass effect
Timely notification to the requesting health-care provider (HCP) of any critical findings and related symptoms is a role expectation of the professional nurse. A listing of these findings varies among facilities.
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Bladh, Mickey Lynn., and Anne M. Van Leeuwen. "Positron Emission Tomography, Various Sites (Brain, Heart, Pelvis)." Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, 7th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425462/5/Positron_Emission_Tomography_Various_Sites__Brain_Heart_Pelvis_.
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Positron Emission Tomography, Various Sites (Brain, Heart, Pelvis). Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. 7th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425462/5/Positron_Emission_Tomography_Various_Sites__Brain_Heart_Pelvis_. Accessed December 12, 2019.
Bladh, M. L., & Van Leeuwen, A. M. (2017). Positron Emission Tomography, Various Sites (Brain, Heart, Pelvis). In Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425462/5/Positron_Emission_Tomography_Various_Sites__Brain_Heart_Pelvis_
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Positron Emission Tomography, Various Sites (Brain, Heart, Pelvis) [Internet]. In: Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 December 12]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425462/5/Positron_Emission_Tomography_Various_Sites__Brain_Heart_Pelvis_.
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