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The usual time taken for the report of PET scan to be issued is as high as 7 days, since the radiologist has to carefully interpret the findings and give an opinion cautiously and in detail. However this duration varies from one centre to another. The average time taken is 3 days so i am hopeful you will get the results soon.
If the radiologist finds some abnormal areas it will naturally take some more time to interpret and write down the notes/results, so presence of any abnormal findings will not fasten the reporting process in general.
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That makes sense...thank you. About how often is a suspicious lung nodule actually cancerous?
Most of the times, this is non-cancerous.
The exact data is not available but since lung cancer is not as common as other conditions of lung such as infections, therefore due to obvious reasosn the chances of cancer are less. The main purpose is to make sure that a serious possibility like a cancer is not missed.