Did You Know? (CAT and PET Scans Edition)

Brain PET Scan

PET Scan of a normal brain. Image courtesy National Library of Medicine.

Did you know that a CAT scan and a PET scan have nothing to do with animals? CAT stands for Computerized Axial Tomography and PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography. Both scans are used to evaluate internal problems and abnormal structures.

I found this information in the book Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary. The book includes definitions and descriptions of all sorts of things. You know those big words you hear bandied about on medical shows? Use this title to find out what all those doctors are talking about.

For medical information in Spanish try Spanish-English English-Spanish Medical Dictionary by Glenn T. Rogers.

Obviously there are many differences between animals and humans, so for medical information about animals try The Complete Home Veterinary Guide by Chris C. Pinney.

If you need more information about medical tests, procedures, terminology, diseases and symptoms Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary defines all kinds of medical terms that your doctors might use, including tests they may order.


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