PET/CT scan of the abdomen

The BIOGRAPH PET/CT is a Diagnostic Radiology system that combines PET and CT into one unit.

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) utilizes a low-level radiopharmaceutical to visualize processes or functions within the body. CT stands for Computed Tomography or CAT Scan. This technique uses x-rays to make cross-sectional images (called slices) of your body. The structure of body organs is more clearly visualized than with conventional x-rays. Advanced system software in the BIOGRAPH PET/CT combines the anatomical information obtained from CT with the functional PET information to form not a photograph, but a biograph – an image that records living tissues and life processes with great precision and detail.

This test can be used to help detect and treat cancer, determine the effects of a heart attack, or aid in the evaluation of brain abnormalities and nervous system disorders.

PET/CT Scans Offered at Our Facilities:

  • Brain PET

What to Expect

How is this test done?

You will be injected with a small amount of radioactive material, which is then absorbed by the particular organ that is being assessed. You will lay on a table that slides into the PET/CT scanner.

Is this test painful?

No, this test is relatively painless. However, some patients find that laying still for an extended period of time may be uncomfortable.

How to Prepare

No food for 4 hours prior to arrival time. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water. No exercise or physical activity for 24 hr prior to arrival time including walking, cleaning or physically active job. No caffeine 24 hours prior to appointment time. Please allow 2 hours for your exam Women should notify us if there is a possibility of pregnancy Please bring your insurance cards, photo ID and your doctor’s order. If you are a new patient, please bring any previous images or reports that may be pertinent to your exam. Additional prep for diabetics: Blood sugar level must be normal 70-200mg/dl in order to perform the exam. Take the usual insulin doses the day before your PET Scan. Fast after midnight. On the morning of the exam, hold all insulin until your test is complete. Schedule test in morning. If on oral medications such as Metformin or Thiazolidinediones please take these medications at your normal time.