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Your doctor has ordered PET and CT scans. During the exams, you will lie on a table that will pass slowly through a large opening in the scanner as a series of X-rays are taken, allowing the doctors to see detailed pictures of your organs.
You will be asked to lie perfectly still throughout the exams so that blurring of the pictures does not occur. Your time on the table will be about 20 to 30 minutes depending on your height, weight, and type of imaging being performed. The tests will take no more than three hours to complete.
For the PET exam, a small amount of a radioactive material will be injected through a small tube in your vein (IV). The radioactive material travels through the blood and collects in the organs and tissues.
Please allow three hours for the procedure.
If you are having a CT with IV contrast injection:
If you are having a CT of the abdomen:
For all procedures:
CT of the abdomen:
You should drink additional fluids for several hours. You may resume your normal diet and physical activity immediately following the scan.
The results of your scan are usually read within 24 hours and then sent to your physician. You should call your doctor three days after the exam or as otherwise directed.
If you have any questions please contact the PET coordinator at 619-543-1998 or the PET/CT site manager at 858-246-1521.
Additional contact information for physicians and patients:
Radiation Oncology PET/CT Center
3960 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Center for Molecular Imaging
11388 Sorrento Valley Rd., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92121
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