For a California woman with cervical cancer, a body scan seemed to show that her cancer had spread. It was only after surgery that they realized the real reason for the findings.
When a California woman with cervical cancer underwent a body image scan, doctors noticed bright areas in her lymph nodes, suggesting her cancer had spread. But it was only after surgery to treat the cancer that they realized the real reason for those bright spots: her tattoos.
The 32-year-old woman with four children had recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer. In November 2012, her doctors requested the imaging scan to check to see if the cancer had spread (metastasized) to other parts of her body.
The type of scan the doctors wanted was a PET/CT fusion scan, which combines technology from both PET and CT scans, and requires thatpatients receive an injection of a radioactive tracer that makes tumors appear as bright spots on the scan.