April 7, 2016

PET scans used to diagnose mysterious fevers

A fever of unknown origin (FUO) is characterized by a fever of more than 38 C that lasts two or more weeks and whose cause is unclear despite repeated out-patient tests. Utilizing PET (positron emission tomography) scans typically used in cancer screening, experimental medical research is being carried out at 17 facilities nationwide to identify the cause of such fevers early on, so appropriate treatment can be provided. {read more here}