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Can a PET scan detect multiple myeloma?

A PET scan provides images of the body’s metabolic activity, making it a powerful tool for detecting various cancers, including multiple myeloma. Active myeloma lesions will typically show up on a PET scan as they absorb more of the radioactive glucose used in the scan. Not only can a PET scan identify active myeloma sites in bones or other tissues, but it also helps in assessing the disease’s aggressiveness, monitoring treatment responses and detecting relapses. While invaluable, a PET scan is often used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools for a comprehensive assessment.

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