Types: CT | CTA | PET/CT
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a unique imaging modality that is capable of detecting specific diseases at an early stage. A PET scan is an advanced diagnostic procedure that detects changes in cellular function, how your cells are utilizing nutrients like sugar and oxygen, in the body. A CT, sometimes called a CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) scan, is an X-ray imaging procedure that produces structural images of your internal organs with greater
clarity than conventional X-ray images.
PET/CT scans can identify areas of cancer throughout the body as well as assess abnormalities of the heart and brain. Together, PET and CT can be used to diagnose and manage disease with greater accuracy.
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.
Preparing for your PET scan
- Do not eat or drink anything 4-6 hours before your exam; don’t even chew gum.
- If you take medications, drink only enough plain water to swallow them.
- If you’ve been advised not to take your medications on an empty stomach, please inform the scheduler so that we can schedule your appointment accordingly.
- If you are diabetic, let us know ahead of time so we can work with your physician to determine the safest possible way for you to prepare for your exam.
- Do not exercise
- Please inform the technologist ahead of time if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Please arrive on time and plan to be at the facility for approximately 2 hours.
- Wear warm comfortable clothing
- Please bring your insurance information and written order from your physician