Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera to create images of the inside of your body. These images help your physician diagnose cancer, heart disease and gastrointestinal, endocrine and neurological disorders.
Preparing for Your PET/CT Scan
You will receive a reminder phone call with necessary prep instructions and directions to the department.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
You will receive a small amount of radioactive material through a small injection in the vein of your arm and rest comfortably in an easy chair or on a gurney for 45 to 60 minutes. Then you lie still on an imaging table, and the PET/CT system takes the images. The entire imaging session may take 90 minutes to two hours to complete.
A board-certified nuclear medicine physician reviews your images and provides the results to your ordering provider typically within three business days. Please contact your provider for results. If you are enrolled in MyChart®, you can find your results there as well.
Accreditations and Certifications
All PET/CT equipment is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
All technologists who perform PET/CT exams are nationally certified within 1 year of employment.
The Nuclear Medicine/PET Department stays abreast of the latest imaging protocols available. Our experienced staff also participates in the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program to teach the next generation of nuclear medicine/PET professionals.
More PET/CT Resources
The American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America offer detailed information on PET/CT scanning, including a video. Learn more.