Tattoo ink may mimic cancer on PET-CT images
The hit new crime thriller “Blindspot“ is about a mysterious woman, Jane Doe, who is covered in extensive full-body tattoos. If Jane Doe were a real woman who ever needed medical imaging, she might need to be concerned.
In a case report published recently in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers found that extensive tattoos can mimic metastases on positron emission tomography (PET) fused with computed tomography (CT). PET-CT imaging is commonly used to detect cancer, determine whether the cancer has spread and guide treatment decisions. A false-positive finding can result in unnecessary or incorrect treatment. Read more.