PSMA PET/CT

PSMA PET/CT available at:

PSMA PET/CT

PRP Gosford Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

  • PSMA PET/CT Explained

    PSMA imaging has been confirmed to be very accurate for the assessment of recurrent disease after surgery (radical prostatectomy) when the PSA is rising. A role in the initial staging of prostate cancer (where there might be a small amount of spread, for example, that could influence the decision to operate) is also possible and is currently under evaluation.

  • Please advise us beforehand

    Please advise 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.

    Please stay well hydrated on the day of your appointment. Do not have anything to eat for two hours before your appointment time.

  • What happens during the procedure

    A trained technologist will insert a small cannula into a vein in your arm then infuse a small amount of PSMA in water. The infusion is not expected to make you feel sick.

    After the infusion you are left to relax in a specially designed room for 60 minutes. During this time you are welcome to read or watch TV. At the end of the waiting period, you will be positioned on the scanning bed and pictures will be taken for approximately 30 minutes.

  • How long does it take

    A PSMA PET scan takes approximately 2-3 hours.

  • 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

    The images are read by a specially trained physician who reports on the scan findings and forwards it to your doctor within 24 hours.

    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.

  • 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.