How Do I Prepare for the Exam?
24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
- No tobacco or heavy exercise
- Hold any steroids prior to the exam
12 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
- Nothing to eat for at least 12 hours prior to the test, that includes cough crops, candy and gum
- Within these 12 hours you may have water, black coffee, or tea(no additives to these beverages)
6 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
- If you take insulin it must be taken 6 hours before the scheduled appointment if necessary with a few soda crackers. Regular medications may also be taken at anytime
- Altering your insulin dosing schedule should be at the discretion of your primary care physician
- TPN, PPN, or Tube feeding should also be held at this time (no IV glucose/dextrose)
1 HOUR BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
- Try to drink a minimum of 20 ounces of water. You may use the restroom
- If you are diabetic, please check your sugar level; if it is over 180, please call our office
What to Bring: Some of these may have been sent to our office. Please double check.
- YOUR INSURANCE CARD(S).
- PREVIOUS tests (MRIs, CT scans, x-rays, and any prior PET exams).
- Pathology reports
Wear Comfortable Clothing such as a sweat suit. Avoid clothes with heavy buckles or metal components.
What Should I Expect When I Arrive for the PET-CT Exam?
- When you arrive at the center, you will be injected with a very small amount of glucose-radiotracer to allow the scanner to “see” inside your body.
- The drug has no side effects and will be quickly eliminated from your system.
- After the injection, you will rest comfortably in a quiet room for 60 minutes prior to the scan to allow the glucose-radiotracer to be taken up by the body.
- During the scan you will lie still on a comfortable table that moves. You will not feel anything because the scanner does not touch your body.
- You should allow 2 hours for the procedure. The scan itself will take approximately 20 minutes or less.
- When the scan is complete you may leave, and you may eat and drink immediately if you wish.
- The images will be reviewed and dictated by our doctors. A report will be sent to your doctor within 24 hours. Your doctor will discuss the results with you.