PET Scan

It’s been called a new window into the body. Positron emission tomography, or PET, is a kind of nuclear medicine imaging technique, which involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials to produce a detailed image of the body. And at the turn of the 21st century, Wellmont was the first in the region to offer this advanced scanning technology.

In conjunction with digital imaging, PET scanning is an incredibly powerful diagnostic tool, allowing us to help patients who have multiple types of cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders. PET also helps us manage diseases ranging from epilepsy and stroke to cancers of the brain, lung, breast, esophagus, colon, pancreas, ovary, musculoskeletal system, skin and lymphatic system.

Such specific, reliable data can eliminate the need for multiple diagnostic tests as well as reduce unnecessary biopsies and surgeries. That’s part of the Wellmont commitment to patient safety and service excellence.

Preparing for the PET Scan

  • We request that you arrive 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure time to complete paperwork and to change clothes if necessary.
  • Please bring the written prescription your physician gave you for this procedure.
  • Most PET procedures require that you do not eat six hours prior to the procedure. You will be given instructions specific for your PET procedure by the center scheduling staff when making the PET appointment.
  • Please advise the scheduling staff if you are a diabetic when making the appointment as well as what type of medications you take to control your diabetes. Diabetic patients will have special scheduling and procedure preparations for the procedure. A glucose serum blood test may be taken on diabetic patients prior to the procedure.
  • Following the injection of the radioactive "tracer", you will rest comfortably in a quiet room for up to 1 hour in order to give the "tracer" time to distribute through your body. You will be asked to empty your bladder just before the procedure begins.
  • Please wear comfortable loose fitting clothing should be worn without metal snaps, zippers, or buckles. You may be asked to change into a clinic gown if necessary.
  • We strongly encourage you to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have prior to your procedure. We strongly believe that communication with our patients is an important part of the service we provide.

If you have questions, please call the Wellmont Nurse Connection at 1-877-230-NURSE.