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PET/CT (position emission tomography - computed tomography) scans merge metabolic detection with computerized imaging to precisely identify problem areas in the body.
A PET/CT imaging exam is used by physicians to make more accurate diagnoses, identify problems in their early stages and develop targets for treatment plans. PET/CT also can show how advanced a disease has become. PET, or positron emission tomography, provides the metabolic information. The computed tomography (CT) scan simultaneously takes multiple images to create a map of the body. This helps pinpoint the location of cancerous tumors or metabolic activity in the brain.
You will be injected with a radioactive glucose (sugar). After the injection the technologist will place you in a quiet area to rest for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. A technologist will then assist you into a scanner that resembles a CT scanner, where images will be taken. The technologist will be in constant communication with you during the exam.
A trained physician (radiologist) will interpret your PET/CT exam. The technologist cannot interpret or discuss what they are viewing while performing the exam. A report with the results will be sent to your doctor within one to two business days. Please check with your doctor's office to discuss results.
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Memorial Hermann offers PET/CT imaging at several facilities located throughout greater Houston. PET/CT is an imaging tool that combines two technologies into one simple test. The functional and anatomical images come together to create one image. Prior to the exam, you will be injected with radioactive glucose. You will then be assisted into the scanner for the test.The entire test takes 30-45 minutes. Your doctor will contact you to review the results of the PET/CT scan.
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