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PET/CT Scan Miami

Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose a variety of medical conditions, including cancer, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are primarily noninvasive and usually painless medical tests. These imaging scans use radioactive materials called radiotracers.

In some centers, nuclear medicine images incorporate MRI or PET/CT scans Miami to produce more specific views that pinpoint disease centers in the body. These views allow the information from two different studies to be correlated and interpreted on one image, leading to more precise information and accurate diagnoses

A PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the body’s anatomy such as size, shape and location. By combining these two scanning technologies, physicians can more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorders.

How do I prepare for the exam?
The patient should abstain from wearing powder, lotion and/or glitter in the area of the breast. The patient should refrain from taking aspirin or any anti-clotting/blood thinner medication for at least seven days prior to their appointment. It is highly suggested that the patient sends to our office all prior breast examinations including but not limited to breast MRIs, mammograms and ultrasounds, if any.
*** It is the patients´ responsibility to consult their referring physician before stopping any treatment or medication regimen, if any.What should I expect during the exam?
Patients should not eat or drink for at least six hours before the scan.
Patients should no exercise the day of the scan.
Patients should bring a copy of their most recent CT scan, X-ray or MRI films to their appointment, if any.
The patient should refrain from wearing clothing with metallic jewelry or ornaments such as hair clips, under wire bras, zippers and buttons.
Diabetic patients should consult their referring physician as to what necessary preparations are necessary prior to their testWhat should I expect after the exam?
It is recommended that after a PET/CT scan the patient drinks plenty of fluids and avoids contact with infants for at least four hours. All of our diagnostic examinations are interpreted by Board-Certified Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Specialists. The results of your PET/CT scan will be sent to your referring physician as soon as they are interpreted. It is the patients´ responsibility to contact their referring physician to discuss the results of their examination and ask for further recommendations