Description of PET/CT procedures

Oncology Exams

  • An IV is placed in the patient's arm or hand
  • The blood glucose level is tested by the technologist
  • Patient lays quiet and still for 15 minutes
  • After the 15 minute waiting period, the patient receives an injection of FDG (Flourine-18 Deoxyglucose)
  • Patient will then lay quiet and still for another 60-90 minutes
  • Patient is then taken to the PET Scanner
  • Scan may take anywhere from 20-40 minutes
  • After the scan, the images are reviewed by our Nuclear Medicine Physician
  • If no additional images are needed, the patient is free to leave
  • Total test time will take two to three hours

Myocardial Perfusion Imaging using Rubidium-82 (Rb-82)

  • The patient will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a gown
  • They will be instructed to remove any metal objects from the chest area (jewelry)
  • An IV is placed in a vein in the patient's arm
  • EKG patches are put on the chest to monitor the patient's heart rate and rhythm
  • The patient is placed on the PET/CT imaging table
  • The patient will be asked to place their arms behind their head
  • A CT will be done to correlate the patient's position on the table for the Rubidium imaging
  • The patient then receives an infusion of the radiopharmaceutical (Rb-82), while a 6 minute set of resting images are obtained
  • After the resting images are completed, the stress portion of the test will be performed using a pharmaceutical called Adenosine
  • The pharmaceutical stress occurs for a 7 minute infusion period
  • During the 7 minute stress, the Rb-82 is also being infused and another 6 minute set of images are obtained
  • The technologist and nurse will assist you throughout the entire procedure
  • The images are checked for quality and then the patient is allowed to leave
  • Total Test time is 60 to 90 minutes

Myocardial Viability

  • An IV is placed in a vein in the patient's arm
  • Blood Glucose level is initially checked
  • The patient will be given a bottle of Dexicola to drink, this will cause an increase in the blood glucose levels. At that point, diabetic patients will be instructed to take their diabetic medication
  • The patient's blood glucose will be monitored until the glucose levels begin to come back down
  • An injection of FDG (Flourine-18 Deoxyglucose) will be administered to the patient
  • Images will begin 30-60 minutes after the injection of FDG
  • The images take approximately 15 minutes
  • Total Test time is 1-2 hours

Brain Imaging

  • An IV is placed in a vein in the patient's arm
  • After resting quietly for 30 minutes, an injection of FDG (Flourine-18 Deoxyglucose) will be administered to the patient
  • Patient will need to rest quietly until imaging
  • Imaging will begin 30-60 minutes after the injection of the FDG
  • The imaging will take approximately 20 minutes
  • Total test time is 1-2 hours

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