This type of imaging is some of the most cutting edge available to diagnose of cancers and other diseases. PET scans are also utilized to examine the effects of cancer therapy by characterizing biochemical changes in the cancer. Brain scans can be used to evaluate patients who have memory disorders of an undetermined cause; who have suspected or proven brain tumors; or who have seizure disorders that are not responsive to medical therapy and, therefore, are candidates for surgery.
Advanced Medical Imaging’s state of the art, whole body, mobile PET is accompanied by a standard computed tomography (CT) scanner. Sometimes patients will receive both scans if a more thorough image is necessary.
What to Expect During PET/CT Scans
Clothing should be free of metal in the region being scanned including metal buttons, zippers, or bras underwires/clips. Patients may also be asked to remove jewelry, hairpins, removable dental work, body piercings, or any other metal in the region being scanned. Patients may wear hearing aida, glasses or dentures.
Patients lie on a table which moves slowly through the large opening of the PET scanner. Scan times vary depending on the region being assessed, but with registration, injection and scan times patients can plan on being at the office for 2 – 3 hours.