PET Brain Imaging Patient Instructions
Upon Arrival at Imaging Central
At the Time of PET Scanning
- The patient's medical history and any prior PET exams will be reviewed.
- The patient's blood sugar will be checked.
- An imaging tracer called Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is administered by way
- A brief resting period is required before the scanning begins. (Typically
1 hour) This resting period is necessary for the FDG to be distributed to the brain.
- The patient is positioned on the scan table.
- The table is moved into a large opening in the PET scanner.
- The patient is asked to lie still while the PET scanner acquires the images.
- The time of the scan varies, but will typically range from 8-10 minutes.
- Please note that this procedure takes approximately 1 ½ hours
in total duration.
- ALL anti-anxiety or nerve meds (ex. Valium, Ativan, Xanax, etc?)
, if necessary, should not be taken until the
technologist gives permission. Contact your doctor if you need a
prescription for this.
- Patient must fast 6 hrs before exam. Other medications can be taken
Does My Insurance Provide Coverage for a PET/CT Scan?
- The exam is analyzed using state of the art brain software. The
results are then faxed and mailed to your physician as soon as they
- Medicare has approved this test to be done twice, once to make a
diagnosis and once more after medication has been taken for several
- Most insurance companies will follow Medicare guidelines.
- Imaging Central will be happy to obtain authorization for a PET/CT scan
for you (as long as insurance allows).