PET/CT exams are provided every Wednesday at our Monona Clinic. PET/CT combines the functional information from a positron emission tomography (PET) exam with anatomical information from a computed tomography (CT x-ray) exam into a single exam. PET/CT is safe and painless. The positron emitter is a radioactive material and reactions are rare.
Prior to the administration of any radioactive material it is important to know, and tell your physician and the PET/CT Technologist, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Special precautions or a delay in performing your procedure may be necessary.
A PET/CT helps your physician diagnose a problem. It also helps to predict the likely outcome of various therapeutic alternatives, pinpoint the best approach to treatment and monitor your progress. Ask your physician what he or she hopes to learn from your PET/CT exam.