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Positron Emissions Tomography (how cells work in the body)

What is PET/CT scan?

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a special kind of imaging test or X-ray, which allows doctors to see how certain tissues and organs within the body are functioning.

Preparing for a PET/CT Scan

  • Please follow the receptionist's instructions on what time you may eat breakfast.
  • Onlywaterto drink the day of the test-it is best if you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water the day before.
  • No juice, coffee, tea, gum or candy on the day of the test.
  • Do not take part in strenuous activity 24 hours before your test.
  • Take your medications with water. For any type of insulin or oral diabetic medication, only take as instructed.
  • If you are taking oral contrast (dye) for this or another test, do not mix with anything, other than water.
  • Arriveon timeat the Nuclear Medicine Department for your appointment.
  • If you arrive late, you may need to be rebooked.

Diabetic Patients

If you are diabetic, eat breakfast at the time you are asked.

  • Follow specific instructions given to you by the receptionist regarding your medication.
  • Bring all diabetic medication with you, including insulin and your blood testing kit.

Risks or Complications:

Minimal exposure to radiation

How long will a PET/CT scan take?

You should plan on being at the hospital for 3 to 5 hours.

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