PET/CT Scan

Fighting Cancer at the Molecular Level

What is PET/CT?

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that allows doctors to check for disease in your body. Tracers are injected into the 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 things like blood flow, oxygen use, and how your body uses sugar.

How Can I Prepare?

Dress in comfortable, warm clothing (as some scanner rooms may be cool). Avoid wearing jewelry or clothes with metal fasteners and zippers. Generally, the day before the exam patients are asked to eat a high protein diet, limit sugar intake, and avoid caffeine by only drinking water. On the day of the exam, patients are asked to only intake water and avoid eating. Specific instructions will be given when making your appointment.

What Can I Expect?

Upon arrival, our medical team will explain your procedure and answer any questions. An IV will be placed and you will be asked to wait approximately one to two hours before the scan begins. The scan takes approximately 30 minutes, during which you will lie flat on your back, without moving. A dual imaging scanner will take images of your body to detect and record the distribution of the water-based substance in your body.

State-of-the-Art

The most valuable tool we have in the fight against cancer is early detection. The sooner we can detect it, the more successful we can be in treatment. That’s why we’re making use of the most cutting edge imaging technology – it saves lives. With the addition of a state-of-the-art PET/CT, we can now detect cancer on the molecular level. This puts our PET/CT technology on par with Johns Hopkins, UVA and VCU.

Make your appointment today. 
(540) 741-XRAY (9729)

A PET/CT Scan requires a prescription.

Our Accreditation

ACR

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY 

ICAVL

INTERSOCIETAL COMMISSION FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF VASCULAR LABORATORIES 

ICANL

INTERSOCIETAL COMMISSION FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF NUCLEAR LABORATORIES

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