The latest technology in internal imaging is available at Hunt Regional
The state-of-the-art PET/CT scans are provided by
Aliance Imaging in a mobile unit that visits HRMC weekly. (Patients
scheduled for the scan will come to Registration at the Diagnostic
Imaging Department, 2nd Floor, to be escorted to the mobile unit
for the scan.)
The scan combines the two technologies of Positron
Emission Tomography (PET) with Computed Tomography (CT) into a fused
image that provides the Radiologist or Radiation Oncologist with
highly effective imaging of anatomy and metabolic functions of specific
human organs, tissue and bone.
PET/CT is also used to accurately diagnose and treat
cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, Graves disease
and Parkinson’s disease.
Scans must be scheduled by your physician or oncologist
by calling the Alliance Imaging toll-free scheduling line at 877-688-6122,
Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. The physician’s office may also fax an order
to 877-442-1656. On the day of the scan, patients will come to Registration
at HRMC and be escorted to the PET/CT coach by Imaging Center staff.
Preparing for the exam
Your doctor will explain the restrictions on food
and drink necessary to prepare for the exam.
Be sure to let your doctor know if you are allergic
to iodine or seafood, or if you are (or could be) pregnant or
if you are breastfeeding. Inform your doctor of any medications
and supplements you are taking, including vitamins.
You will need to remove metal items such as jewelry,
hairpins, eyeglasses, and dentures before the exam.
You will be given a radioactive tracer for the scan
to make the organs more visible. You may be asked to drink some
contrast material, depending on the nature of the medical problem
During a PET/CT Scan, you will lie on a movable
table that moves your body through a large donut-shaped ring.
As you pass through the ring, the scanner takes a complete 360-degree
picture of you and sends it to a computer. The table moves a small
distance and another picture is taken and sent to the computer.
This process is repeated until the computer has enough information
to reconstruct a complete image of your internal anatomy.
During the exam you will hear the sound of the motors
and gears. It is important that you lie still because any movement
can blur the images. The scan could take 15 minutes to an hour,
depending on the part of your body being scanned. After the scan
you will able to return to your normal activities.
After the exam
The Radiologist who reads your scan will report
to your physician on the results of the test.
Your doctor will explain the results to you and
recommend follow-up treatment, if needed.
- PET/CT Scan
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