PET/CT studies require a written referral from your physician.
What does the visit include?
One Positron emission tomography scan for one area.
About PET scans
An examination that involves producing physiologic images based on the detection of radiation from the emission of positrons. Positrons are tiny particles emitted from a radioactive substance administered to the patient. The subsequent views of the human body developed by PET are used to evaluate a variety of diseases.
What to expect
- Blood Glucose check
- An IV will be started
- Valium will be administered
- Once the injection of the radiotracer has been administered, you will be asked to relax and remain
absolutely still for 45 min. in a quiet and dimly lit room.
No reading/listening to music allowed due to muscle activity.
- Oral Contrast will be given after about an hour
- Scan is performed about 90 minutes after the radiotracer injection, and will last for approximately
- Appointment time is approximately 3 hours.
- Family members are not allowed in the suite during the appointment.
- Scan results will be forwarded to your ordering physician usually within 24-48 hours
PET Pateint Instructions
- begin your fast 6 hours before exam.
- Last meal before you begin your fast should be a high protein / low carbohydrate meal:
DINNER (For AM appointment):
Grilled or Baked: Steak, Chicken, or Fish
Any green veggies - if a salad, vinaigrette dressing only, no croutons; cheese is OK
Drink 6-8 glasses of water the evening before your morning appointment.
One diet soda is ok or 2 glasses of red wine (optional)
ABSOLUTELY NO POTATOES, RICE, PASTA, BREAD, FRUIT OR FRUIT
JUICES, CAKES, CANDY, COOKIES, ICE CREAM, AND/OR GUM.
BREAKFAST (For PM appointment):
2 eggs (any style), bacon, sausage and black coffee (no cream or sugar)
Drink 6-8 glasses of water before your afternoon appointment.
ABSOLUTELY NO POTATOES, RICE, CEREALS, BREAD, FRUIT
OR FRUIT JUICES, CAKES, CANDY, COOKIES, AND/OR GUM.
Coffee may be consumed the morning of the procedure, ONLY IF THERE IS A 6 HOUR TIME SPAN
BETWEEN THE TIME OF CONSUMPTION AND TIME OF THE EXAM.
- No exercise for 24 hours before exam.
- Stay as warm as possible for the 24-48 hours prior to the exam.
- Dress warmly, avoid clothing with any metal.
- Mild muscle sedative (Valium) will be given 30 minutes before the isotope injection.
- You must have a driver.
- Please bring any recent/prior films you may have, especially PET or CT scans.
- Please ensure that the time of the appointment you have chosen will be convenient for you. Due to
the short half-life of the isotope and the sensitivity of the scanning sequence, the schedule must be
adhered to in order to produce the best images possible. Please give at least 24 hours notice for