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PET/CT

Accreditation

ACR Seal - PET accreditationAdvanced Imaging Center is accredited with the American College of Radiology (ACR) in PET/CT for both Body and Brain imaging.  We are one in only five sites accredited in Illinois to provide PET/CT Brain imaging. Currently, there are no sites in Iowa that provide ACR accredited PET/CT Brain imaging. However, all residents of the Quad Cities and surrounding area are fortunate to have access to these quality imaging services at Advanced Imaging Center. 

What is a PET Scan?PET/CT scanner 

A positron emission tomography scan (also called a PET scan) is a diagnostic procedure that involves acquiring body images with a hybrid PET/CT Scanner combined with a radioactive dye (FDG PET). The images are then used to evaluate a variety of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and brain issues such as Alzheimer's, seizures and stroke.

Why should I have a PET Scan?

This procedure can help your doctor to:

1. Determine the stage of your cancer (early or advanced).

2. Monitor your cancer therapy.

Brain, normal, front view3. Check for recurrence of cancer.

4. Identify any damage to your heart muscle. PET/CT body image showing "hot spots"

5. Determine if your heart is pumping enough blood.

6. Diagnose Alzheimer's disease.

7. Identify the cause of seizures.

8. Determine the extent of damage from a stroke.

How long will the exam take?

The procedure will take 2-3 hours to complete. You will be given a dose of the radioactive tracer (FDG) and then you will wait 1 hour before your exam. The scan will then take approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

What do I do before the exam?

There are several steps to prepare for the exam:

  • Inform your doctor or the technologist if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Please be on time for your exam since the timing of the FDG tracer is critical.
  • Your doctor will instruct you regarding your regular medications.
  • Do not eat anything 6 hours before your exam, avoid caffeine and sugar.
  • Do not chew gum. Avoid cough drops, breath mints and hard candy.
  • Drink lots of water the day of your exam
  • Avoid strenuous exercise 72 hours prior to the exam.
  • If you are diabetic, discuss your diet and medications with your doctor.

What will the exam be like?

First, you will be injected with the radioactive tracer (FDG). You will then be placed in a special room to wait quietly for 60 to 90 minutes while the tracer travels throughout your body.

Next, you will be taken into the equipment room and placed on the exam table. You will move through the donut of the PET/CT machine in order to get the best images. You will need to lie very still during this exam.

Once the study is complete, you may be asked to remain for a few minutes to see if any additional images are required. If not, you are free to go. Usually there are no restrictions on your daily routine after the test. You will be reminded to drink plenty of fluids to flush the radioactive tracer from your body.

What happens with my test results?

One of our specially trained radiologists will study the films from your test and send a typed report to your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. They can then discuss the results with you in detail.

What if I have further questions?

If you have any further questions or concerns about this procedure, please contact our office at 743-0445 or call your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
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