Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an imaging procedure showing the chemical function of an organ or tissue rather than its structure. The PET scanner detects the activity in your organs and tells whether it is normal or not.
A PET-CT scanner is a very specialized medical imaging device which combines in a single gantry system both a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and an x-ray Computed Tomography (CT). The combination of the two scans has been proven to be extremely sensitive for detecting the early stages of disease, and can detect abnormalities even in the absence of structural change. Small tumours may be found even if they are undetectable by other imaging procedures or CT alone, which can be a major impact on choosing the best treatment for patients.
You will be given an appointment and receive specific instructions about some preparations that you must follow strictly before your scan. You should inform your doctor of the following when he / she ordered a PET-CT scans:
If you choose to be admitted 1 day before the scan (Preferably to be admitted for better patient management)
If you choose not to be admitted (Any physical activities may delay your scan time)
Eggs, white bread, low fat plain yogurt, baked or boiled chicken, well-cooked potato, grilled or steamed fish and shrimp, clear soup or broth and all seafood. You may take egg sandwich as your breakfast, chicken chop as your lunch and fish and chips as your dinner.
Red meat, whole meal or whole grain bread, oat, cereals, rice, noodles, yellow cheese, fruits or fruit juices and all vegetables.
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