Radiology – PET-CT Scan

What Is a PET-CT Scan?

PET-CT scanning is one of the most powerful diagnostic tools available. It allows doctors to discover the precise location of tumors.

PET-CT works by merging two imaging techniques, each of which records a different part of the body.

  • PET stands for positron emission tomography.
  • CT stands for computed tomography.
Imaging Technique Diagnostic Procedure
PET creates an image that reflects your body’s metabolic and biochemical activity using a low level of radiation, useful for targeting tumors.You receive an injection with a small amount of radioactive sugar that the scanner can see through the body.

Cancer cells — because they grow faster than healthy cells — often consume much of the sugar. This highlights their presence within the image, allowing the scanner to make precise images of the tumor.
CT sees a 360-degree view of the body, useful for taking 3D pictures.Similar to x-rays, CT scans show a higher level of detail and take more accurate pictures of the brain and body.

Combining the images from the two scanners provides a complete picture of the tumor’s location, size, and shape.

Doctors then use this information to:

  • Diagnose and stage the disease.
  • Plan your treatment.
  • Track the progress of your treatment.

What Are the Benefits of PET-CT Scans?

The level of detail of PET-CT images:

  • Helps oncologists reduce the amount of healthy tissue they treat with radiation.
  • Often identifies previously unsuspected cancer-bearing tissues.
  • Allows for more effective and tailored treatments.

How will this test be scheduled?

Brandywine Hospital: Our procedure scheduler will complete all of the necessary paperwork and prior authorizations required to schedule your PET-CT as soon as possible. Navigating the insurance process to get approval from them as well as securing a date and time to perform the test from the hospital is a complicated and lengthy process.  Once we are able to schedule your test, our office will contact you with the date and time along with specific instructions. Please understand that we have no influence regarding the hospital’s scheduling and availability for these imaging slots is very limited.  Try to do everything you can to arrange your schedule to be able to appear for the test when scheduled.  Attempting to reschedule these tests is very difficult and will delay necessary follow-up.

Chester County Hospital: Our procedure scheduler will complete all of the necessary paperwork and prior authorizations required to schedule your PET-CT as soon as possible. Navigating the insurance process to get approval from them as well as securing a date and time to perform the test from the hospital is a complicated and lengthy process.  Once we are able to schedule your test, our office will contact you with the date and time along with specific instructions. Please understand that we have no influence regarding the hospital’s scheduling and availability for these imaging slots is very limited.  Try to do everything you can to arrange your schedule to be able to appear for the test when scheduled.  Attempting to reschedule these tests is very difficult and will delay necessary follow-up.

Special Instructions to Prepare for your Test?

None, unless otherwise specified by your physician.

Next Steps Following my Test.  When do I get my Result?

Our staff will schedule a follow up with a physician in our office when they call to schedule your PET-CT. The physician will review your bronchoscopy and discuss treatment options, if necessary, during that appointment.

Of course, should you have any questions regarding this procedure please phone the office at 610-383-6033

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