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Results of PET scan, anyone know how to read them?

My pet scan of the brain had findings.  This is what is said on the report:FINDINGS: "FDG uptake is bilaterally reduced in the inferobasal portion of the temporal lobe, marginally more pronounced on the left.  Cortical FDG uptake is otherwise relatively preserved."IMPRESSION: "Asymmetric inferobasal temporal hypometabolism consistent with interictal foci, prior brain injury or both.  MRI and EEG correlation is suggested."When I asked my neuro what this means, he said it was an abnormal reading, but he questioned the relevance.  Well, to me, there is a relevance, I just don't know what it is.  My MRI and EEG's came out normal, so this is the first test that has been abnormal.  I don't believe I have seizures but a movement disorder called paroxsymal dyskinesia. Can anyone help with the results from the pet scan, or know where to find more information?  ~Thanks, Theresa

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RE: Results of PET scan, anyone know how to read them?

In could be normal in the other tests and show abnormal in the PET test. Your problem could be very deep within the brain.http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/EpilepsyApproach/Lisa

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  • Hi, here is some information about a PET scan.  It is similar to an MRI as far as how the test is done.  I had a PET scan of the brain only, but people can have PET scans of the entire body to detect for cancer and other problems.  I got this info from PETscan.org.  ~Theresa
  • A PET scan examines your body's chemistry. Most common medical tests, like CT and MR scans, only show details about the structure of your body. PET is different. It also provides information about function. With a single PET procedure, physicians can collect images of function throughout the entire body, uncovering abnormalities that might otherwise go undetected.
  • A PET scan of the brain can:
  • localize the brain site of seizure activity. This is especially important for children with uncontrollable seizures who are candidates for hemispherectomy as cure.
  • tell if that muscle tremor is Parkinson's disease or another of the "Movement" disorders.
  • look at brain tumor and reveal if it's benign or malignant. It is also widely used when recurrence is suspected to show whether structural change is tumor re-growth or merely scar tissue.
  • "map" the areas of the brain responsible for movement, speech, and other critical functions. This is a remarkable guide for surgeons who are performing delicate operations on different areas of the brain.

RE: Results of PET scan, anyone know how to read them?

What exactly are your symptoms? I had Abnormal sharp waves in the temporal lobes. and sort of disconnect with reality and can't come back like in a dream state... Overwhelming reality... fear.. effects my memory... What are your symptoms???Thanks Jenn