Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a highly specialized non-invasive imaging procedure that is used to assess the level of metabolic activity in various organ systems in your body. This scan will also be combined with a CT scan. These scans will be completed simultaneously while you lie on the table. Intravenous Contrast dye will not be given for this exam. Oral contrast will be administered, as tolerated. Having both of these scans done at the same time will provide information about the structure and function of your organs.
About Your Visit
WHAT TO EXPECT
Please expect to be at your appointment for a total of 2.5-3 hours.
You will be asked to arrive one hour prior to your scan time.
You will enter for an interview process, and an intravenous catheter will be placed.
An isotope will be injected, which takes one hour to take effect.
The scan itself will take half an hour to one hour depending on which body parts are to be covered.
Prep & Safety
HOw to Prepare
- Please drink at least two glasses (8oz) of water prior to your appointment time.
- DO NOT eat or drink anything (other than water) for at least 6 hours prior to your exam (this includes: sugar free gum, mints, candy, coffee, tea and soda).
- Dress comfortably and warmly, no metal if possible, because scanner rooms are typically kept at a cool temperature.
- No strenuous activity/exercise for 24 hours prior to your exam.
- Be prepared to lie still for 20-60 minutes (times vary depending on the type of scan that has been ordered for you)
- Please bring any previous X-rays, CT, MR, or any other test results with you on the day of your exam.
- Bring your Insurance information