Can nuclear medicine tests be helpful for paraganglioma?

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Nuclear medicine tests like an MIBG scan (metaiodobenzylguanidine scan) or PET scan (positron emission tomography scan) can be helpful. These tests use a weakly radioactive particle to home into the tumor so that it lights up on X-ray. The MIBG scan is specific for adrenaline-producing tumors while the PET scan identifies any very metabolically active tumors. There are many types of PET scans available for pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma including Fluoro-2-deoxy-glucose (F-FDG PET-CT) or Fluorodopamine (F DOPA-PET).  

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