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PET - Position Emission Tomography

What is a PET Scan?

PET scans are used most often to detect cancer and to examine the effects of cancer therapy by characterizing biochemical changes in the cancer. These scans can be performed on the whole body. PET scans of the heart can be used to determine blood flow to the heart muscle and help evaluate signs of coronary artery disease. PET scans of the heart can also be used to determine if areas of the heart that show decreased function are alive rather than scarred as a result of a prior heart attack, called a myocardial infarction.

Combined with a myocardial perfusion study, PET scans allow differentiation of nonfunctioning heart muscle from heart muscle that would benefit from a procedure, such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery, which would reestablish adequate blood flow and improve heart function. PET scans of the brain are used to evaluate patients who have memory disorders of an undetermined cause, suspected or proven brain tumors or seizure disorders that are not responsive to medical therapy and are therefore candidates for surgery.

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Are you a candidate for a PET scan? Below are many indications approved

Approved Indications

  • Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Solitary Pulmonary Nodule
  • Breast Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Refractory Seizures
  • Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s
  • Myocardial Viability

PET Scan Services

  • Whole body PET
  • Cardiac Viability
  • Brain: Dementia/Alzheimer's
  • Solitary Pulmonary Nodule


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PET Scan Exam Preparations

Eating: The day before your exam, follow a low carbohydrate, high protein diet, avoiding sweets, breads, pasta, rice, and cereals. Do not eat anything for at least 6 hours prior to your exam. Most medications do not interfere with this test and can be taken as usual.

Diabetic Patients: For the test to be effective, it is important for your blood sugar levels to be low. At the time you schedule your appointment, please inform us if you are diabetic so we can provide special instructions.

Exercise: Do not exercise within 24-hours of your scheduled PET scan appointment.

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