Why Should I Schedule My Imaging at CSNF?

Convenient imaging services are offered as CSNF with multiple locations close to you. Our Southpoint and Fleming Island locations have world-class wide-bore CTs that adapt to each patient’s needs and equips therapists with the tools they need to provide patients with the personalized care they deserve. These two units are identical, offering enhanced image quality, lower radiation doses, and the ability to overcome limitations of conventional scanning systems with a larger bore diameter and higher table load capacity, making it the perfect fit for every patient. The CSNF mobile PET team travels to five locations during the week, including the Beaches, Riverside, Fleming Island, Southpoint, and St. Augustine. Our Biograph TruePoint mobile PET/CT & MRI scanner enables physicians to determine the exact size and location of a tumor, which in turn allows more effective treatment planning and monitoring. This technology helps each patient by providing information that can help avoid unnecessary invasive surgery and improve the overall care. By integrating both the mobile and fixed services into each practice, the specialists at CSNF can easily adapt treatment to each individual patient’s needs. Having the PET/CT & MRI done in-house means the same team of radiologists read the results, which are automatically uploaded into our electronic records system and ensures that patients enjoy the same high standards of service that we bring to other areas of cancer care.

What is PET/CT?

PET stands for positron emission tomography. A PET scan provides information about your body on a cellular level and is a diagnostic imaging test that provides valuable information on tissue/tumor metabolism and responses to certain treatments.

A CT scan, computerized tomography, generates a detailed view of the anatomy or structures of organs and tissues in the body. Together, these two state-of-the-art techniques provide valuable information to your physician, which helps with diagnosis and treatment planning.

  • Bring any prior diagnostic studies, such as X-ray, CT, and/or MRI scan, obtained outside CSNF imaging for the radiologist to compare directly to your PET/CT scan.
  • Do not eat or drink anything other than plain water for four hours before the scan. This includes food, gum, candy, and mints. You may take necessary medications that can be taken with water and are tolerated on an empty stomach. Do not take over-the-counter medications that contain sugar (i.e., cough syrup).
  • Diabetic patients will need to watch their diet and blood glucose closely for several days before the exam. It is important to keep sugar levels below 200.
  • No vigorous exercise or hard physical labor for 24 hours prior to your PET scan appointment.
  • Allow two to three hours for the PET/CT procedure. The actual scan time (lying on the imaging table) will be less than 30 minutes.

Preparing For the Scan

  • Do not drink or eat anything other than water 4 hours prior to the test.  This includes gum, candy and mints.
  • Wear warm, comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that is free of metal.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Continue to take any medications prescribed by your physician.

What Will the PET Scan be Like?

After you arrive in the Radiology Department reception area for your appointment, a technologist will ask you about your medical history and explain the procedure. You will be given a small injection of radioactive sugar through an IV. After waiting 45 minutes to an hour, you will be taken to the scanner where you will lie on a comfortable table that moves slowly through a ring-like scanner. You will be asked to lie very still so the machine can get the best possible picture. The scan will take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. The total procedure can last anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours, depending on your diagnosis.

What Happens After the Exam?

You may resume your normal diet and activity. It is recommended you drink 32 ounces of water after the exam to help flush any radiopharmaceutical that may still be in your system. It is also recommended that you avoid close contact with small children or pregnant women for approximately 12 hours after your injection. The PET/CT will not affect your ability to drive. The results of your scan will be sent to your doctor within 72 hours.

What if I’m Claustrophobic?

Please consult your physician prior to the exam. Claustrophobic patients may need to obtain a prescription from their doctor before the appointment. If you receive a prescription, you will need to have a family member or friend accompany you to the appointment in order to drive you home. Please do not drive after taking any sedative.

What is MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  An MRI is a medical tool that uses magnets, radio waves, and computers to obtain detailed pictures of the inside of the human body.  No x-ray radiation is needed and the results provide the most detailed pictures possible of the inside of the human body without causing any harm.  Mobile MRI means the newest, most innovative technology delivered right to your doorstep in one complete package.

Preparing For the Scan

  • If you are scheduled for a contrasted MRI, please not drink or eat anything other than water 4 hours prior to the test.  This includes gum, candy and mints.
  • Wear warm, comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that is free of metal.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Continue to take any medications prescribed by your physician.

What Happens During the Scan?

You will lie on a table that slides into the MRI machine.  Straps may be used to hold you still during the scan.  Your body might be completely inside the machine or part of your body may stay outside during the scan. A computer takes the signals from the MRI and uses them to make a series of pictures which shows a thin slice of your body.

You might hear a loud thumping or tapping sound during the scan.  This is the machine creating energy to take pictures inside your body.  Earplugs or headphones will be provided to muffle the sound.  If you start to feel a twitching sensation during the test, please immediately notify the technologist.

The MRI should take between 30 and 90 minutes.  Before some MRI scans, you may receive a contrast dye into a vein in your arm or hand.  The dye helps the doctor more clearly see structures inside your body.

What Happens After the Scan?

You may resume your normal diet and activity.  We recommend you drink lots of fluids to help flush any IV contrast that may still be in your system.  A radiologist will read your scan and the results will be sent to your doctor within 72 hours.

What if I’m Claustrophobic?

Please consult your physician prior to the exam.  Claustrophobic patients may need to obtain a prescription from their doctor before the appointment.  If you receive a prescription, you will need to have a family member or friend accompany you to the appointment in order to drive you home. Please do not drive after taking any sedative.

Lung Cancer Low-Dose Screening

One in every four people will be diagnosed with lung cancer during their lifetime. Annual low-dose CT lung screenings in high-risk patients has shown to decrease cancer death by 20 percent compared with using traditional chest X-rays.

What is a Low Dose Lung CT?

Low dose means the CT scan uses very little radiation and results in minimal negative effects on the patient. Unlike a chest X-ray which produces shadows of the lungs, the low-dose CT technique provides high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) images of the lungs. The screening is helpful in detecting early-stage lung cancer before patients experience any symptoms. In order to be effective at detecting cancer, screening is recommended on an annual basis.

Who is Eligible for This Screening?

If you meet the following criteria, you are a candidate for a low-dose CT lung screening covered by Medicare and most insurances:

  • Adults age 55 to 80 years AND
  • Current smokers OR
  • Former smokers who have quit within the past 15 years
  • Smoking history of at least 30 pack years
    • One pack a day for 30 years; two packs a day for 15 years, etc.

Click here to download the Low-Dose CT brochure.

How to Schedule Your Imaging

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our central scheduling department at 904-538-4490.

Locations

BEACHES
357 11th Ave. South
Jacksonville Beach , FL 32250

PET/CT:  Wednesday

FLEMING ISLAND
2370 Market Drive
Fleming Island, FL 32003

CT:  Monday through Friday
PET/CT:  Monday
MRI:  Wednesday through Thursday

NORTHSIDE
725 Skymarks Dr, Suite 10-1
Jacksonville, FL 32218

PET/CT:  Tuesday/Wednesday

RIVERSIDE
2563 Oak Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

PET/CT:  Thursday
MRI:  Tuesday

SOUTHSIDE
5742 Booth Road
Jacksonville, FL 32207

CT:  Monday through Friday
PET/CT:  Monday through Friday
MRI:  Friday

SOUTHPOINT
7015 AC Skinner Parkway, Building 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

CT:  Monday through Friday
PET/CT: Tuesday
MRI:  Monday/Thursday

ST. AUGUSTINE
9 San Bartola Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32086

PET/CT:  Friday