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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 happens during a PET scan?
In a PET scan, a very small dose of a radioactive chemical, called a radiotracer, is injected into the vein of your arm. The tracer travels through the body and is absorbed by the organs and tissues that are being studied. Then, 45 minutes after the injection, you will lie down on a flat examination table…
What are the steps in a PET scan?
The following steps occur during a PET scan: You receive an IV injection of a radiotracer that contains a safe amount of a radioactive drug. The most commonly used radiotracer is fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). You sit in a chair for about an hour while the radiotracer moves through your bloodstream.
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