Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What if I am breast-feeding and going to receive a PET scan?

Please store enough milk for 24 hours prior to appointment. Breat-feeding will be suspended for 24 hours following the injection. Breast-feeding can be resumed 24 hours after the appointment time.

What is PET?

YPET is an acronym for "Positron Emission Tomography".

After a PET scan how should I feel and act?

You should feel fine. There are no side effects from the radiolabeled glucose. You may also resume your normal diet. There are no physical restrictions after the procedure.

How soon will my doctor receive the results from my PET scan?

Within 24 hours from the completion of your scan.

How long is a PET procedure?

Lasts 2-4 hours from the appointment time.

What if I am diabetic and having a PET scan?

Inform PET personnel and special procedures will be followed.

What patient preparations are necessary for a PET scan?

  • Nothing to eat or drink except water for 6 hours prior to the scheduled appointment.
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water in the 24 hours prior to the appointment.
  • Avoid strenuous activity 24 hours prior to appointment.
  • Follow a hight protein/low carbohydrate diet.
  • Bring a driver if relaxants are used.

What does my PET scan involve?

  • Blood sugar will be tested uning a simple finger stick and needs to be below 200mg/dl.
  • An I.V. line will be placed in your vein to administer a small amount of radioactive glucose known as 18-flouro-dexyglucose.
  • After injection, you will be asked to rest for 45-90 mins to allow distribution of the radioactive glucose throughtout your body.
  • You will be placed in the scanner on your back and scanned for 30 min to 90 min depending on the area of intrest.

How does PET work?

All human cells consume glucose or sugar, but cancer cells utilize more glucose than healthy cells. When a patient is injected with a minute amount of radioactive glucose and scanned, the resulting images show the distribution of the radiolabeled glucose throughout the body. Areas of increased metabolism are temed as "hypermetabolic" and appear as "hot sposts" on the images.

How is a PET scan different form a CT or MRI scan?

PET shows the function of tissue and organs while CT and MRI show only the anatomical details. The combination of the PET scan and the CT or MRI scan provides the optimal clinical interpertation and images for diagnosis.