PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan - Diagnostic Test for Cancer

Dr. Prasenjit Chatterjee
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PET Scan is an imaging test which uses radioactive tracer to look inside human body including oxygen use and metabolism at cellular level. This test can detect cancer, brain tumor or heart disease.

PET CT scan is a modern era type of imaging tests which is utilized for investigating cases like Epilepsy, Cancer, Heart diseases as well as Alzheimer's Disease. PET scan stands for Positron Emission Tomography which shows the changes at the cellular level which cannot be revealed with the aid of MRI and CT scans. This type of imaging test ensures that the patient can resume with their daily routine after the procedure is completed.

It is also known as nuclear imaging, nuclear scans and radionuclide imaging. This technique is helpful in finding out the extent to which the cancer has spread in other words it helps in determining the stage of the cancer. The procedure is an outdoor one and with this, it can also be found out if the treatment is working effectively.

A PET scan can also be combined with a CT scan. It shows the areas that have increased cell activity. CT scan can provide more details about the same. It makes it easy for the doctors to point out the tumour. But there is more exposure to radiations in these tests.

Dr. Prasenjit Chatterjee

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Medical Oncologist
Dr. Prasenjit Chatterjee is a Radiation and Medical Oncologist practicing in AMRI Hospital and Apollo Clinic in Salt Lake, Kolkata. He has completed his MBBS from Burdwan Medical College in this year 1990. Further, he pursued Diploma in Radiotherapy from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai in the year 1996 and DNB in Radiation Oncology from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai in 1997. Dr. Prasenjit has received "Best Paper Award" in the 1st SAARC Conference on Clinical Oncology which was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in the year 2001. Further, he was awarded Bharat Jyoti Award on Behalf of IIFS and was selected For Best Citizen India, Published by International Publishing House in the year 2010. Dr. Prasenjit Chatterjee has also received Rashtra Pratibha Puraskar in the year 2012. He is a member of various medical associations such as Indian Medical Association (IMA), Indian Cooperative Oncology Network, and Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROI). Later, he joined the Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society (PROS), Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), and International Lung Cancer Society (ILCS). Dr. Chatterjee is also a member of American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), as well as European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO). Dr. Prasenjit Chatterjee specializes in Gynecology cancer treatment, Hysterectomy, Lymph node dissection, Mastectomy, Mammaplasty, and Tissue expansion procedures. He also specializes in Wedge resection, Salpingo-oophorectomy, Retroperitoneal lymph node treatment, and Laparotomy surgery. Dr. Prasenjit Chatterjee has experience of more than two and a half decades in the field of oncology. Dr. Chatterjee practices at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital and Woodlands Multispeciality Hospital Limited. Dr. Prasenjit Chatterjee is also associated with Apollo Clinic branch located in Behala, Kolkata. Book a FREE appointment with Dr. Prasenjit Chatterjee at
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