What to expect
When making your booking at any of our branches, our friendly staff will inform you of what you need to do in order to prepare for your examination.
On the day of the exam, you will be asked to change into a gown prior to the examination.
We, therefore, encourage patients to wear comfortable clothes and to leave jewellery at home.
Except for intravenous injections, most PET CT procedures are painless and are rarely associated with significant discomfort or side effects.
On the day of your procedure, an injection of the radioactive sugar is administered and you will be asked to lie down on a bed or to sit in a chair for 60-90 minutes while the sugar travels through the body.
It is important to be as still as possible during this time.
You will then be taken to the scanner room where the radiographer will position you in the scanner where you will remain for the duration of the scan.
Typically, PET-CT scans last between 20-40 minutes. This, however, may vary depending on your height and the areas to be examined.
Usually, the very quick CT scan is performed first and is followed by the longer PET scan.