PET Scan

A PET/CT scan examines the body’s anatomy and functions. PET/CT utilizes a radioactive molecule or tracer that is similar to glucose called fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) which is useful in the detection of cancer cells. Cancer grows at a faster rate than healthy tissue, so cancer cells will absorb more of the FDG. One hour after the injection of the FDG tracer the PET/CT scan can revel cancer growth that may have been difficult to find using other conventional imaging procedures.

PET/CT procedures are performed for:

  • Seizure disorders
  • Alzheimer’s disease vs. other dementias
  • Detection of cancer
  • Determination of benign vs. malignant
  • Staging of cancer
  • Detection of cancer recurrence

BRI Doctors and Staff are committed to patient care, which is why we believe in working with only the highest quality equipment. Using superior GE, hybrid multi-slice scanners allow us to provide you with:

  • High Resolution Images
  • Timely Completion
  • Earlier Detection and Diagnosis
  • Accurate Staging, monitoring and Localization of Disease Progression

PET/CT is approved by Medicare, and other insurance companies for virtually all forms of cancer.

Upon registering, you will go to a preparation area where the PET technologist will check your glucose (no extra charge). Then the technologist or nurse will deliver the radioactive substance (FDG) needed for the PET scan into your vein through an IV. You should not feel any sensation, and because the glucose is man made, your blood sugar will not be affected. After about an hour, once the glucose has dispersed throughout your body, you will proceed to the exam, which typically take 25 minutes.

After your Exam

After your scan is complete, you are free to leave and resume normal physical activity. As extra precaution, avoid interaction with children and anyone pregnant for 8 hours following the scan. Make sure to drink PLENTY OF WATER to flush the radioactive substance out of your system.

What to Expect Pre/Post Exam

1 Day Prior to Exam:

  • Refrain from starchy foods, (Pasta, Potatoes, Rice, Bread)
  • Drink plenty of water and eat high-protein meals (Steak/Chicken)
  • Refrain from vigorous exercise
  • Avoid alcohol and diet sodas
  • Take normal medications with water

12 Hours Prior to Exam:

  • No Smoking
  • No Caffeine

6 Hours prior to Exam:

  • No food or drink except water. Please make sure to drink water.

Day of Exam: – No gum, sugar, caffeine or candy.

Failure to follow these guidelines will jeopardize your test results!

Someone from our office will notify you before your exam with this information

Dietary Guidelines & Suggestions

Day Prior to Scan Eat Protein-rich foods such as:

  • Grilled Steak
  • Broccoli
  • Baked Chicken
  • Cheese
  • Sautéed Mushrooms
  • Salmon Filet
  • Grilled / Steamed Asparagus

For Breakfast (as long as not within 6 hours of test time):

  • 2 Eggs any style
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Black Coffee
  • WATER!

What to Bring/What to Wear

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance Cards
  • List of All Current Medications
  • Medical History/Pathology Reports
  • Co Pay/ Deductible Payment (Patient portion determined prior to appointment) *We accept Visa, Mastercard, Cash, and Check
  • Wear warm comfortable clothing; avoid wearing anything with heavy buckles
  • Female patients wear a bra with no metal
  • Tell technologist if you are pregnant prior to exam
  • Arrive on time! If you must cancel or reschedule, please do so at least 24 hours prior to appointment