- Whole body
|PET Scans of the Brain|
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Reasons for Test
- Looking for tumors or assessing tumor level of activity after treatment
- Assessing causes of memory disorders
- Finding the cause of seizures and helping to find treatments
- Assessing brain metabolism in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
- Looking for heart disease
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Do not eat or drink anything, except water, for at least four hours before the scan.
- Check with your doctor about taking your regular medications.
- If you have diabetes, ask the doctor for specific diet recommendations for the test day, since this can affect your results.
- Tell your doctor if you are or might be pregnant.
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
Radiology Info—Radiological Society of North America http://www.radiologyinfo.org
Society of Nuclear Medicine http://interactive.snm.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
PET scan. NHS Choices website. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/PET-scan/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Updated July 3, 2013. Accessed September 5, 2014.
Positron emission tomography—computed tomography (PET/CT). Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=pet. Updated March 28, 2013. Accessed September 5, 2014.
Positron emission tomography (PET scan). Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/imaging-institute/imaging-services/hic-pet-scan.aspx. Updated February 23, 2009. Accessed September 5, 2014.
Positron emission tomography (PET scan). Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test%5Fprocedures/neurological/positron%5Femission%5Ftomography%5Fpet%5Fscan%5F92,P07654. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 08/2015 -
- Update Date: 09/05/2014 -