Pet CT Scan

PET/CT – (Positron Emission Tomography / Computed Tomography) is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. The scan can help better diagnose and stage different diseases and will give your physician data to help plan the best treatment for the specific disease and monitor how the treatment is working.

“I have been using Montclair Radiology for over 25 years. They go above and beyond to work with my insurance limitations – that is HUGE! Thank you!”

Doris V. | CT Patient

Montclair Radiology in Hoboken is the only out-patient facility in Hudson County accredited by ACR (American College of Radiology) for PET/CT. ACR Accreditation means our center meets the high standards established by the American College of Radiology.

Our PET/CT Scan offers Time of Flight (TOF) technology, which provides higher image quality for more accurate disease detection. Your images will be read by one of our fellowship-trained sub-specialized and board certified radiologists.

The fusion of PET and CT imaging allows the radiologist to combine information from two different exams in one study. This leads to more precise information and more exact diagnosis. Accurate diagnosis can reduce the need for biopsies or surgeries. Diagnoses can be made earlier and with greater accuracy, allowing for better treatment planning and improved patient care.

PET/CT scans are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies.

Common Questions about PET/CT Scans

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) is a technique that produces images of the body’s biological functions. CT (Computed Tomography) is used in generating a detailed view of the body’s anatomic structures, such as internal organs and tissues. The outcome in combining PET and CT technologies is greater diagnostic accuracy in localizing abnormalities in the body compared to just PET or CT alone. The images allow us to diagnose, monitor or stage a disease.

Oncology (Cancer)

  • Determine benign from malignant tumors
  • Assess tumor growth and aggressiveness
  • Detect distant metastases
  • Detection of recurrent disease
  • Monitor and determine success of therapy
  • Determine bone metastasis (PET/CT Bone Scan)

Neurology (Brain Function)

  • Diagnose Alzheimer’s disease
  • Differentiate between different types of Dementia

Prior to your scheduled appointment, you will be contacted by our staff to review how to prepare for your scan and answer your questions. Please inform the staff if you are diabetic and/or claustrophobic. Free transportation is available if needed.

BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT:
48 Hours before your scan – Do not do any strenuous exercise or deep-tissue massage.

24 Hours before your scan – Stay on a VERY LOW-carbohydrate, NO-sugar diet. Do NOT chew gum or mints. Drink 40 oz. of water the evening before your scan.

6 Hours before your scan – Do NOT eat anything. Drink 32 oz. of water only. Hydration will insure that you have an accurate scan. Continue to take medications as prescribed, if tolerated on an empty stomach.

WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT:
You should wear warm comfortable loose fitting clothing, free of metal snaps, buttons and/or pendants. Do NOT wear jewelry. Bring films and reports of your prior exams and a list of your medications.

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT PATIENT ARRIVES ON TIME:
Isotopes have been ordered specific for your appointment time. Isotopes have a short shelf-life and they need to be fresh to obtain accurate images. If you cannot arrive on time or if you need to reschedule your appointment, please call us ASAP.

After reviewing your medical history, our highly trained technician will inject you with a contrast agent (FDG-18 or F-18-NaF) and instruct you to rest, minimizing any type of physical activity. The resting period (or uptake time) varies depending on the type of PET/CT Scan being administered. After resting you will be asked to lie flat on a PET/CT table which will then move towards the specific areas of the body that are being examined. During the exam you will be able to see all around you, as you are never fully enclosed in our open design PET/CT. The technologist will be in communication with you via a two-way microphone as you are constantly visually monitored throughout the exam. Scan time on the table is approximately 30 minutes, but total exam time can range anywhere from 2 to 3 hours – allowing time for the computer to generate the images as well as preparation time for the patient and contrast uptake. After the exam you will be helped off the table and given juice. Your images will be read by one of our board-certified radiologists and the report will be sent to your physician. When your scan is completed, you will be free to go home. There are no restrictions on what you eat or drink. We encourage you to drink extra fluids after your scan.
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