PET/CT

Main Street Radiology is proud to be the first radiology office in Queens to install a PET scanner. Since October of 2002, our radiologists have been successful in obtaining a whole-body image to measure the metabolic activity in a patient. This non-invasive procedure has been reported to help diagnose certain cancers, as well as neurological and cardiac abnormalities.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that the following indications may be reimbursed. Most insurance companies also reimburse patients for PET scans.

Indications

Oncology (for diagnosis, staging and restaging cases):

Neurology:

Preparation for Procedure

To prepare for a PET-CT scan, we ask that you follow the following guidelines:

  • For 4 hours before the exam, do not eat or drink (except for water: you may drink as much water as you like).
  • If you are a diabetic, you must abstain from any diabetic medications on the day of the exam.
  • You may take any other prescribed medications, including hypertension medication and seizure medication.
  • You must limit your exercise for at least 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • If you are, or think you may be pregnant please let us know as PET-CT is not generally performed on pregnant women.

What to bring and wear:

  • Bring your previous PET-CT scans, CT Scans, MRI films, and/or chest X-rays with you.
  • Bring your insurance cards, prescription and photo ID.
  • Wear warm, comfortable clothes as the scanner room is cool.

Arrive on time:

  • You should arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
  • If you must cancel or reschedule, you need to do so at least 24 hours before your appointment, so that the injection dose for your exam may be cancelled.

Your PET-CT Scan:

  • After registering, you will go to a preparation area where a PET-CT technologist will insert a small IV into your arm.
  • A small amount of FDG will be injected through the IV.
  • You will rest for 45 to 60 minutes while the FDG circulates.
  • Your scan will then take approximately 15 minutes.

If you have any questions regarding your exam please give us a call at (718) 428-1500.

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