Brain Positron Emission Tomography — also called a brain PET scan — is a safe, effective and non-invasive diagnostic imaging technique that provides highly detailed images of the brain. A brain PET scan shows metabolic changes that cannot be seen on MRI or CT scans.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches a brain PET scan
The Division of Nuclear Medicine at Children's is committed to providing you with a safe, comfortable and child-friendly atmosphere with:
- specialized nuclear medicine physicians with expertise in interpreting brain PET scans in children of all ages
- certified nuclear medicine technologists with years of experience imaging children and teens
- Child Life specialists to help families prior to and during exams
- the only facility in New England that has a PET scanner dedicated solely to children
- protocols that keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievablewhile assuring high image quality.