CT/PET Scanning

When it comes to detecting and treating an illness, two scans are better than one. Now Bristol Regional Medical Center and Holston Valley Medical Center can offer patients a new diagnostic tool that combines computed tomography, or CT, with PET, or positron emission tomography.

Our mobile scanner combines two of the most advanced diagnostic procedures into one. Because we’re able to see tumors and malignancies with greater accuracy than ever before, PET/CT is proving a powerful ally in the fight against cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders. The scanner also helps manage epilepsy and stroke as well as many kinds of cancers—brain, lung, breast, esophagus, colon, pancreas, ovary, musculoskeletal system, skin and lymphatic system.

With two tests, we get more accurate information, which means less room for error. And with such specific, reliable data, we can eliminate the need for multiple diagnostic tests and reduce unnecessary biopsies and surgeries.

Preparing for a CT/PET procedure

  • 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/CT procedures require that you do not eat six hours prior to the procedure. You will be given instructions specific for your PET/CT procedure by the center scheduling staff when making the 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 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.