While a CT scan generates a detailed view of the anatomy or structures of organs and tissues in the body, a PET scan provides information about your body on a cellular level. PET scans provide information on tissues/tumor metabolism and responses to certain treatments. When combined, these two state-of-the-art techniques provide valuable information to your physicians, which aids in diagnosis and treatment planning.
What is a PET/CT scan?
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare for my scan?
- Avoid physical exertion for 24 hours prior to scan.
- Do not eat or drink anything besides water for 4 hours prior to scan.
- Wear warm, comfy clothes that are free of metal.
- Leave jewelry and medications at home.
- Continue medications as prescribed, except for insulin 4 hours prior to exam.
- If on oxygen, bring own supply.
What will happen during my scan?
- You will be given a small injection of radioactive sugar through an IV.
- After waiting 45 mins – 1 hour your scan will begin.
- You will lay on a table that moves through a ring-like scanner.
- The scan will take between 15-30 minutes.
What happens after my scan?
- Drink lots of fluids to help flush-out any radioactive sugar left in your system.
- Resume normal diet and activity.
- Avoid close contact with small children and pregnant women for 12 hours, due to radioactive injection.
- The radiologist will read your scan and send your physician the results within 24 hours.