PET/CT Imaging

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT (Computed Tomography) are both standard imaging tools physicians use to pinpoint disease states in the body. Reading Hospital uses a Philips GEMINI TF (TruFlight) system PET/CT scanner to offer the next dimension in diagnostic imaging power.

How PET/CT Imaging Works

PET/CT is a powerful imaging technique that provides diagnostic and anatomic information about the human body in a single scan. This allows your physician to examine your entire body at once, making it easier for your doctor to diagnose problems, determine the extent of disease, prescribe treatment, and track progress.

Appointments

Appointments are offered five days a week and require a physician referral. Your appointment for your PET/CT should be scheduled by your physician’s office.

A 24-hour cancellation notice is required because the medicine used for the scan is specially ordered for you. If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, contact Central Scheduling at 484-628-8611.

For any questions regarding the PET/CT procedure, contact the Nuclear Medicine Department at 484-628-8401 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Parking and Directions

Follow the signs for D-Lobby parking. Park in 6th Avenue garage, use D-Lobby entrance. Turn left, and walk to Radiology on C1.

Preparation

It is important that you follow the patient preparations guidelines for this procedure.

Procedure

  1. Report to C1 Radiology on the day of your appointment. There you will be welcomed and registered.
  2. Depending on the type of scan you are having, you may be asked to change into an examination gown.
  3. Your blood sugar will be checked.
  4. Next, an intravenous line will be started in your arm. F-18 DG, a colorless radioactive liquid, will be injected through the IV line. You will remain in a comfortable resting position for the next 45-60 minutes while the material circulates through your body.
  5. Next, you will be helped onto the imaging table, which will pass slowly through the scanner. This pass takes about 30 minutes. During this time, you are asked to remain very still.
  6. When the scan is complete, you will be allowed to return home without any restrictions on your activities. You will be instructed to drink plenty of fluids for the next 24 hours.
  7. Your procedure will be interpreted by a radiologist. Your results will be communicated to your physician.