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During this pandemic, all three of our centers are fully operational and maintain the highest level of safety standards. In most instances, you will interact directly with only one person during your visit to our centers.
However, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of infection, we recommend you contact your primary care doctor immediately or follow CDC guidelines for care depending on your individual risks and needs.
Our staff are trained at the time of scheduling and confirmation to interact with you to determine if it’s best that you wait prior to receiving your PET scan. Rest assured that we will be here when you are ready for your scan. Please contact us at 954-981-6668 for further information.
About 98% of all PET scans are performed in the evaluation of cancer patients. PET scans are perhaps the most valuable diagnostic test for staging and restaging of patients known to have many different types of cancer. PET scans can also evaluate the effectiveness of treatment while undergoing chemotherapy treatments (to determine if the chemotherapy is ‘working’ or not and to allow the treating doctor to stop therapies that aren’t working, and try different therapies that might be more effective). PET scans can also be used to evaluate patients with pulmonary nodules or enlarged lymph nodes to determine the likelihood that they may be cancerous.
As such, PET scans are considered an essential service during COVID and we have remained open and fully operational throughout this pandemic.
Yes! We have created a helpful Preparation Video for just that purpose. To view the video, please click here: https://youtu.be/54x9ZqcGZiA
The reason we ask that you fast for a PET/CT scan is because the injection given for this procedure (called “FDG”) is based on glucose (sugar). If a patient eats before the procedure, the glucose (sugar) level in the blood may be elevated and will interfere with the uptake of the radiotracer. To make sure that the cells of the body receives the correct amount of FDG, and to improve image quality, we ask you to fast so that there is no competition with glucose (sugar) in the blood. Yes, please inform the technologist if you ate within the last 4 hours so it can be noted on the chart. ** If you are having a PET/CT Bone scan or Cardiac PET/CT scan, you do not have to be fasting. **
PET/CT scans use a sugar-based agent to provide very high quality and detailed images. In order to work correctly, our agent must distribute on its own. If you have any calories, such as sugar, within that four hour timeframe, that will compete with our agent and significantly change the results of your test. Ultimately, this could affect your diagnosis and treatment.
However, we understand that accidents happen! If for any reason you do eat or drink anything other than water within this timeframe, please let us know. We would be happy to reschedule you in order to obtain the best possible images, which will lead to better care. Call us if you have any more questions.
It is important that you follow the Preparation Instructions as closely as possible to maximize the quality and benefits of your scan. One of the most important aspects is limiting sugar intake for four hours prior to your appointment. We offer early morning appointments to make this as easy as possible for you, and have a nice snack pack waiting for you upon completion of your scan for your enjoyment.
Since diabetics manage sugar differently in their body, we tailor our preparation to your unique needs. Please contact our office at (954) 981-6668 to receive preparation instructions specific to your needs.
Yes, you must bring a copy of the CT report and the CD itself.
For safety purposes, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times while at our facilities. If you must bring your child to your appointment, please arrange to bring an adult along to supervise your child during your exam. If you are unable to bring someone along, kindly advise a member of our staff and we will work with you to reschedule your appointment.
Except for plain water, you should not chew or consume anything else during your Preparation phase. Candy, cough drops and gum have sugar and other ingredients (even if labeled sugar free) that could affect the quality of your scan.
Along with other factors, caffeine can alter the distribution of sugar in your body. Anything that has this effect reduces image quality, which could ultimately affect your diagnosis and treatment.
Other than non-flavored water, any other drinks should not be consumed within the four hour preparation timeframe. Therefore, no coffee, even decaffeinated coffee or soda should be consumed.
Almost all tea contains caffeine, as even those labeled decaffeinated may contain small amounts of caffeine, sugar or calories. Therefore, it is best to avoid tea during the preparation phase of you scan. Your best PET scan will come from drinking plain water only during your scan preparation.
There are no restrictions regarding alcoholic beverages the day before your PET/CT scan. However, you must strictly follow our guidelines during the four hour preparation timeframe, and no alcohol or flavored beverages should be consumed during that time.
Generally speaking, smoking does not directly affect the quality of a PET scan. If you need asssistance with quitting smoking, please follow this link: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/quitting/index.htm.
Yes, you can use your inhaler. This will have no effect on the results of your study. If you have any other questions or concerns about any other product, please give our center a call.
Normal brushing without swallowing mouthwash or toothpaste within the four hour preparation timeframe will have no effect on the outcome of your PET/CT scan.
You may take your normal medications, including pain medication, provided you are able to take them with plain water on an empty stomach (without food). Please consult your physician regarding any questions related to your medications.
FDG is excreted through in your urine, which collects in the urinary bladder during the waiting time after your injection. You must attempt to empty your bladder prior to the scan in order to remove the excess activity in the bladder, which improves the quality of your test.
A PET/CT scan only requires a small and nearly painless injection into a vein. It is not necessary to drink any contrast, and you are not injected with any ‘contrast’ such as with MRI or diagnostic CT scans.
Sexual intercourse does not affect the image quality of a PET/CT scan.