A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that allows doctors to check for disease in your body.
The scan uses radioactive tracers in a special dye. These tracers are injected into a vein and are then highlighted under a PET scanner. These tracers allow doctors to see how well your organs and tissues are working. The PET scan is able to measure blood flow, oxygen use, glucose metabolism (how your body uses sugar), and many other important factors.
A PET scan is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning that you will be able to go about your day after the test is complete.
Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg provides PET/CT exams with ACR and ICANL accreditation. PET/CT is the combination of PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computed tomography) imaging techniques within a single machine. The individual scans, which are performed in one session, can be presented separately or as a single, overlapping image. These two images present different types of information about the human body. While PET shows metabolic or chemical activity in the body, CT shows the anatomical structure of the body.
Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg provides the only fixed PET/CT services in the region, offering:
• Oncology Assess tumor aggressiveness and Monitor therapy success. It also can detect recurrent tumors and provide whole-body survey, as well as identify benign and malignant growths and help plan radiation therapy.