Jake Arnold had been making the trip to Methodist Hospital for five years. Every six months, he’d drive from his home in Villisca, Iowa, and then from his apartment in Bellevue.
He’d be injected with a radioactive tracer and wait about an hour as it traveled through his body. Then he’d climb onto a table, lie down and relax as a multimillion-dollar positron emission tomography (PET) machine slowly scanned his body, looking for signs that his melanoma may have returned.
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