PET/CT

PET/CT available at:

PET/CT

PRP Gosford Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

  • PET/CT Explained

    A PET-CT scan combines a CT scan and a PET scan in order to provide more detailed information about your condition. The CT scan produces a series of X-rays then uses a computer to put them together. A PET scan uses a very small amount of radioactive drug to show how body tissues are working.

  • Please advise us beforehand

    These tests utilise a radioactive injection so it's very important to let us know if you are/or may be pregnant or currently breastfeeding.

    Please also let us know on booking your appointment if you have previously had any reactions to radioactive injections.

  • Preparation

    Please bring your referral, Medicare and/or Pension Health Care Card and any previous imaging relating to the region being scanned.

    When you contact us to make your appointment, we will give you thorough instructions for your test. In general, with a PET/CT scan, you should not have anything to eat for about 6 hours beforehand (you may drink water). You may be told not to do any strenuous exercise for 24 hours before the scan. Unless you are told otherwise, you should carry on taking any medicines prescribed for you by your doctor.

  • What happens during the procedure

    On arrival you may be asked to change into a gown. You will also need to remove all jewellery and any other metallic objects.

    The radiographer will insert a small tube (cannula) into one of the veins in the back of your hand or arm. A radioactive drug (tracer) is then injected. After resting for an hour (this allows the tracer to go throughout your body) you'll be taken into the scanning room for your CT. You need to stay as still as possible throughout the scanning process which takes between 30 - 60 minutes.

  • How long does it take

    A PET/CT takes between 30 - 60 minutes, dependent on which area of your body are being scanned.

  • After Your Examination

    Upon completion of the scan, you'll be able to go home. You can immediately return to normal activities however, it is best to minimise close contact with others (especially pregnant women, babies and small children) for up to 24 hours. Please drink plenty of water to help flush the radiation out of your system.

    If you are travelling overseas within a few days of your scan, plese keep a copy of your referral as airports may have sensituve radiation monitors.

  • Your images and report

    As there is a large amount of data to be processed, your results will not be ready straight away. We will advise you at the completion of your appointment when they will be delivered to your referring Doctor.

    PRP will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

    Please bring any previous images with you for comparison.

    It is important that you return to your doctor for your examination results. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.

  • Special precautions

    Allergic reactions to contrast material can occur but significant reactions are rare, and generally respond to adrenalin. Our staff members are equipped and trained to treat contrast reactions. Some scans create a slight sensation of heating. There are no adverse effects to the magnetic fields or radio waves used to generate the images.

    Please also advise on booking if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Special instructions for diabetics

    If you are diabetic, you should contact us a couple of days before your appointment. You may need to adapt your diet and sugar control routine a little.

Services - PET/CT

PET/CT

A PET/CT is a nuclear medicine imaging test used to diagnose a range of cancers, heart disease and more. Radioactive glucose is injected and then taken up by tissues in your body. Activity within your organs is then detected by the PET scanner which shows how tissue and organs are working, allowing for an accurate diagnosis.

This content is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you would like any clarifications, please contact your local practice.