Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
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POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY can effectively identify many of the most common cancers, heart and neurological diseases before they can be seen on other tests. PET is a scan that provides information about the body's chemistry; show the physicians the difference between healthy tissue and diseased tissue, or cancerous tissue. PET may help your doctor make an earlier diagnosis. This can result in faster, more effective treatment and may help to avoid other exams or surgeries.
What can I expect when I have a PET scan?
When you arrive for your exam, you will need to register at the MRI suite located beyond the Emergency room of the Main Campus. Your health history will be reviewed. Then a small amount of FDG, a radioactive sugar tracer, will be injected into your hand or forearm intravenously (through an IV) The FDG has no side effects. It takes 45-60 minutes for the FDG tracer to concentrate in tissue so a proper scan can be made. Next you will be positioned on a comfortable table that moves slowly through the PET scanner. You will need to lie still for approximately 45 minutes.Please plan on being at SOMC for 2-3 hours for the exam.
How is a PET scan scheduled?
Your doctor's office will contact PET scheduling for your appointment. PET staff will contact you to confirm the appointment, and review the instructions for the exam.