Scan Preparation

Scan Preparation

HOW IS A PET SCAN DONE?

The PET scan is a simple and virtually painless procedure. The technologist will ask you questions about some relevant medical history. A sample of your blood will be tested for sugar level and you will be given an injection of radioactive sugar and told to rest for 30-60 minutes in a patient injection suite. After the rest period you will lie on a padded table which slides into the opening of the PET scanner. The scanner is relatively quiet but you may hear occasional “beeping” which is the computer telling the operator to move the table.

The average PET scan takes 30-60 minutes during which you will be required to lie still and rest as the pictures are taken. You will be in the nuclear medicine department for a total of 2-3 hours.

PREPARATIONS FOR PET SCANS

PET Brain:

Do not eat of drink anything except water for 3 hours prior to your arrival for the scan. Please continue all regular medication with water only.

PET Whole Body:

Do not eat of drink anything except water for 6 hours prior to your arrival for the scan. Please continue all regular medication with water only.

*If you are a diabetic please inform the booking clerk.

IS THERE ANY COST?

If you have valid Alberta Health Care Insurance there is no cost for this procedure. If you do not have health care insurance with the province of Alberta it is necessary for you to contact our office at 780-432-8786 or 780-432-8465 to find out if your provincial health insurance will pay for this procedure.