Positron emission tomography uses radiotracers, such as modified glucose, with a special camera and computer to reveal information about both the structure and function of cells and tissues in the body during a single imaging session.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
- Easy preparation.
- Make sure you do not eat for 8 hours before the test.
- No caffeine for 12 hours before the exam.
- If you are diabetic please talk to our staff for additional instructions.
- You CAN drink as much plain water as you desire.
- If you are diabetic please let our staff know before your exam.
How long does it take?
- These exams require an incubation time ranging from 45 to 60 minutes.
- The imaging time usually lasts from 30 to 45 minutes.
- Please plan for time to check in and prepare the equipment. This could add up to 30 minutes.
- We are conscientious of your time and will do our best to get you in and out as quickly as possible.
How does my doctor get the results?
- The interpretation is done by a board certified radiologist, a medical doctor, who generates a report within 24-48 hours, faster if requested.
- The report is automatically sent to your doctor and kept in our records for safekeeping.
- Our radiologists make themselves available for any questions or further clarification at any time.
Do I get a copy of my images?
- Yes, you are welcome to get a copy of your images on a CD/DVD at the time of your examination at no additional cost.