This test helps your doctor better understand how well your blood supply is reaching your heart, and helps evaluate the metabolic activity (blood flow, oxygen use) of your heart. We often use a PET scan to identify:
The scan involves injecting a small amount of a radioactive chemical (radiotracer) into your arm to create images. The small amount of radioactive material injected into your body will not harm your body or organs, and causes minimal side effects.
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a scientific term for the type of radioactive tracer that is inserted into your arm. Tomography refers to a method of scanning that involves the camera imaging around you.
This means the scanner moves and takes pictures around you. A computer then captures the pictures so your doctor can review them.
When you arrive at an Aurora Health Care location for your PET scan, you can expect:
Plan for your visit to the imaging center to take about three hours. During the procedure:
You will probably be thirsty, so drink plenty of liquids after your scan. Take any necessary medications, particularly if you withheld them before the test.
We know you’ll want to get your PET scan results as quickly as possible. We generally send test results to your Aurora doctor the following working day. Your doctor will get in touch with you to share the results.
Please be on time for your PET scan. This is crucial because the radioactive tracer we insert in your arm is made specifically for you and has a very short expiration period.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing (avoid clothing with metal buttons or zippers or underwire bras) for your scan. Otherwise, you will have to change into a hospital gown. Other preparation tips:
Our department may call you with specific instructions. However, in general:
To help us get the most accurate test results, on the day of the exam, please avoid:
On the day of the exam: