Can a PET scan detect hepatitis B? Will CT scan show hepatitis?


First, we need to find out what is a PET and CT? Scan?

What is PET Scan?

The full form of the PET is a positron emission tomography Scan that helps doctors check the diseases in the body by an image. Those images show infections and swelling on the body part which helps to identify the percentage of infection.


PET is a diagnostic imaging technique that enables visualization and quantification of biochemical processes at the cellular and sub-cellular level by the three-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction of the bio-distribution of several molecules radiolabeled with positron-emitting isotopes.

Types of PET

Can a PET scan detect hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. PET scan is an imaging test that shows the infections that happened in the body. hepatitis b is a liver infection that means PET scan tests can find out hepatitis.

hepatitis make damage to the liver which PET scan imaging test show this damage and help of these images doctors can find out the stage of hepatitis.

PET scan only shows you that you have an infection of the liver but it is hard to find which hepatitis is this. So the best option for this is you should go for the Blood test which defines which hepatitis is this.

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Will CT scan show hepatitis?

Computerized axial tomography is the full form of the CT scan. it used for checking the changes in the body, size, and density of the liver.

With the help of a CT scan, we can find out the condition of the liver or can find whether it is hepatitis.

But there is the safest way to find hepatitis is through a blood test. you should go for this and also consult with your doctor don't go with the above information.

Way to identify the Hepatitis?

  • Physical Exam
  • Blood Tests
  • Imaging testing(CT/PET Scans)
  • Liver Biopsy



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