PET/CT for cancers

Diagnostic procedure

One of our doctors will take plenty of time to fully discuss your symptoms, any previously performed tests and treatments, as well as the procedure of the planned examination.

To begin the procedure, a small amount of radioactive glucose is injected into your bloodstream. After the injection, you will wait approximately one hour. This substance is easily tolerated. There has never been any report of an allergic reaction. The radiation exposure is lower than that of a CT scan.

You will then wait in our waiting room. Unnecessary physical activity, such as walking around, should be avoided during this time. You should drink at least 1 liter of water and empty your bladder frequently. This will help to improve the imaging quality. Water is readily available in our clinic.

You will be asked to lie on a table. The scan takes approximately 60 minutes. The imaging will be made with a PET scanner. This machine is not a closed tunnel, but rather two separate ring-shaped systems with some space between them. The machine is an open structure. Therefore, patients suffering from claustrophobia tolerate the process well. Throughout the examination, one of our medical technicians will assist you and remain within hearing distance.

The results are displayed on a monitor for the doctor, single images are printed out, and the entire record of the examination is saved on a CD-ROM.

Your doctor will discuss the results with you during a final consultation. Usually, you will receive the medical report and the resulting images when you leave the clinic.

Important 

Do not eat on the day of your examination (at least 8 hours before (water is permitted). Take your medication before the examination as directed by your doctor. The radiopharmaceutical is ordered for each patient individually (cost: about €450) as it cannot be stored for long periods of time. For this reason, keeping your appointment is absolutely essential.

Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to phone us.