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How long does a PET CT scan take?
Normally, a PET CT scans takes about 20 鈥?90 minutes, depending on the part of the body being scanned. The patient usually spends two to three hours at the imaging center including the 60 minutes resting time before the scan.
What is a PET scan (PET imaging)?
Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a diagnostic examination that involves getting images of the body based on the detection of radiation from the emission of positrons. Positrons are tiny particles emitted from a radioactive substance administered to the patient. Patient Safety Tips Prior to the Exam
What should I know about PET scans before having one?
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not get PET scans. The radiation may be harmful to an unborn baby and can pass to an infant in breast milk. Some people have an allergic reaction to PET scan radioactive tracers or CT scan contrast dyes. Your medical team can give you medication to quickly slow and stop this response.
What is a combination PET/CT scan?
A PET scan is a painless procedure that helps detect disease sooner than CT or MRI images. A combination PET/CT scan provides a more detailed look at organs and tissue. PET scans can ensure an accurate diagnosis and help your healthcare provider develop an effective treatment plan