A PET/CT scan combines Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) images. PET images show the function of cells in the body. CT images show body anatomy such as vessels, lymph nodes and organs. Combining PET and CT images helps doctors diagnose, monitor and determine treatment for cancer. PET/CT scans can help your doctor determine the best next steps in your treatment plan.
What to Expect During the Exam
In preparation for the exam, you receive a small injection of radioactive tracer. You rest comfortably for 45 - 90 minutes while the radioactive tracer moves through your body. Then the technologist brings you to the scanner. You may be asked to hold your breath for several seconds during the exam. Try to remain still while the scan is in process. The length of your appointment depends upon the body area being scanned.
The radiologist will review your scans and send results to your doctor.
Preparing for Your PET/CT Exam
Prepare for your exam by following the strict guidelines below. Contact the scheduling department with any questions you may have.
Benefits of PET/CT
PET/CT helps doctors accurately diagnose, stage and treat cancer.
PET/CT can help determine:
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