We understand that time is of the essence for individuals who may be facing a diagnosis or coping with cancer. We minimize wait times for scheduling appointments and getting results. Our radiologists are among the best in the industry, providing physicians and patients with the high quality information using advanced imaging technology. Better information allows physicians to make more informed decisions about treatments for their patients.

PET Imaging strives to offer a comfortable atmosphere for our patients with warmed blankets and individual rooms so that patients can read, relax, listen to music or watch television. We’re here to help you through the process and alleviate some of the stress. We’ll ease your mind by explaining everything that will happen, how long things will take and when you will hear the results.

PET/CT Scan Diagnostic Imaging

An integrated PET/CT scan is one of the most advanced imaging technologies for the detection and evaluation of cancer. A PET/CT scan provides images of the entire body and generates high-resolution images of abnormal activity and its location. Abnormal activity often takes place before physical changes are identifiable by other types of imaging such as MRI, CT, x-ray and ultrasound. The scan can detect primary and secondary disease earlier and more accurately than other imaging technologies. Before having a PET scan, your doctor may order a series of x-rays, MRIs or CTs. Our team will work with your doctor and insurance payer to determine which test is most appropriate based on your diagnosis and symptoms.

Integrated PET/CT images are used to help:

  • Identify disease often before it shows up on other exams
  • Evaluate all the organ systems of the body in a single exam to determine whether or not the cancer has spread (the stage of the cancer)
  • See how the body has responded to chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery
  • Eliminate ineffective or unnecessary surgical or medical treatments
  • Detect recurrence of cancer early

What to expect

  • Our PET/CT technologist will bring you from the waiting room to a small, private and comfortable room. You will receive an injection of a small amount of radioactive glucose through an IV in your arm. Then you relax and wait for approximately an hour while the radioactive glucose circulates in your body. The injection will not make you feel different or unusual and will not prevent you from resuming your normal daily activities once your scan is completed. This injection is safe and has no known side effects or allergic reactions.
  • After about one hour, our technologist will position you on the scanner. Most PET/CT scans take about 20-25 minutes. Our PET/CT scanner is a donut shape and is open on both ends and offers a much more open feeling than an MRI.
  • The radioactive glucose is short-lived and will leave your body quickly; however, we encourage you to drink plenty of water following your scan.
  • During the scan, you will be exposed to a minimal amount of radiation; however, we believe the benefits of the information provided by the scan outweigh the small potential risk. Please let us know if you have any concerns about this exposure.
  • Typically, your doctor will receive scan results in 24-48 hours.
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Expert, seamless delivery of results

PET/CT scans are interpreted by some of the most experienced, sought-after PET/CT readers in the country. Our radiologists customize their reports to your specifications and are easily accessible to personally discuss scan results. Customized results packets are delivered to referring physicians within 24-48 hours of the scan. Verbal reports may be offered within hours of scan time for “STAT” patients. Speak with a team member today.

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