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View in Spanish: Exploración por TEP-TC con colina carbono 11

Carbon-11 choline PET-CT scan (KAR-bun …KOH-leen … skan)
A procedure in which a small amount of carbon-11 choline (a radioactive form of the vitamin choline) is injected into a vein. A scanner and a computer are used to make detailed pictures of areas inside the body where the carbon-11 choline collects. Cancer cells take up more carbon-11 choline than normal cells, so the pictures can be used to find cancer cells in the body. Also called C-11 choline PET-CT scan.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.