PET/CT scanning has been located at North Medical Suite 2C since November 2000. We have done more than 19,000 exams in that time. PET/CT detects metabolic activity within cancer cells – which by nature are highly metabolic- providing vital information about the cells’ function. The scanner is used primarily in the management and detection of cancer, but is also available for the evaluation of patients with certain neurological and cardiac conditions.
Why is PET/CT important?
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a unique imaging modality that is capable of detecting specific diseases at an early stage. A PET scan will provide information that can be used for the planning and management of your care, as well as determining therapy and monitoring your progress. The combination of PET and CT allows radiologists and physicians to use the benefits of both modalities to ensure they have the most accurate information to manage your care.
How is PET/CT used?
PET/CT is utilized in:
Oncology | to determine the location and severity of a tumor’s growth
Neurology | to aid in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, strokes, brain tumors, and seizures.
What do I need to tell the scheduler?
When scheduling your PET/CT scan, inform the imaging staff if:
- You are taking any medication
- You are diabetic
- You are pregnant or nursing
How do I prepare for my scan?
Fast after midnight before your appointment. Diabetic patients will be given special instructions.
All scheduled patients will receive a phone call prior to the day o the appointment. We will discuss instructions for the test and answer questions.
Upon arrival at the PET/CT office
Medical history and any prior PET or PET/CT exams will be reviewed. Blood sugar may be checked, and an imaging tracer called Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) will be administered by way of injection. A one hour resting period will be required before the scanning begins. This resting period is necessary for the FDG to be distributed throughout your body.
At the time of PET/CT scanning
You will be positioned on the scan table.The table will be moved into a large opening in the PET/CT scanner. You will be asked to lie still while the PET/CT scanner acquires the images. The time of the scans varies, but will typically range form 20-30 minutes.
Upon PET/CT scan completion
A technologist will process the computer images. The reading physician will interpret these images. A report will be generated and forwarded to your referring physician.
To schedule or call with questions: 315-452-2666