Positron emission tomography, also called a PET scan, is a nuclear medicine exam that produces a three dimensional image of the body’s functional processes. It is safe and painless, and uses a small amount of a radioactive drug to show differences between healthy and diseased tissue. The diagnostic images produced by PET are used to evaluate a variety of diseases.

Some hospitals and imaging centers use a PET scanner that is integrated with a 16-slice CT scanner. This combination enables the simultaneous evaluation of both anatomy and physiology of the body, helping to more accurately identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorders than previous generations of PET-only scanners.

When preparing for a PET examination:
• Do not consumer anything except water for six hours prior to exam
• Generally, you should limit the amount of sugar and caffeine on the day before the scan
• Please inform us if you are a diabetic

If you are pregnant, please tell our patient representative.

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