PET/CT Imaging

A PET/CT (Positron emission tomography) is a non-invasive, nuclear medicine study that uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers to provide insights into the function of an organ or tissue. With many disease processes beginning with minor functional changes, a PET/CT is uniquely important because it can identify and monitor medical conditions in very early stages. Typically, a doctor will recommend a PET/CT if he or she believes a particular condition is affecting the organs' function or to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment plan.

The combination of positron emission and computed tomography (CT) technology together increases patient comfort because the examination time is 50% shorter than a traditional PET scan. An integrated study eliminates the “wait and see” approach because accurate and comprehensive information becomes available more quickly for you and your doctor.

Female Technologists Smiles At Female Patient During PET/CT Scan
Male Patient Undergoes CT Scan With Monitor Of Live Results

Our PET/CT Locations

South Jersey Radiology offers PET/CT imaging services across 2 of our office locations. Each of our office locations is conveniently located minutes away from major highways and bridges. With evening, weekend, and same-day appointments available, finding the answers you need has never been easier. View our office locations today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding proper preparation and expectations can help alleviate any worries you may have prior to your appointment. Learn about what happens before, during, and after your PET/CT scan with our frequently asked questions.

After you arrive at one of our offices, a certified PET/CT technologist will greet you and review the medical imaging study with you. Afterward, the technologist will administer the radiotracer through an intravenous (IV) catheter into a vein in your arm. The radiotracer is completely harmless and will absorb safely with no side effects. The organ or tissue being studied will absorb the radiotracer as it travels through your body. During this period of time, you will be asked to remain as still as possible and rest quietly.

On average, a PET/CT takes 20 – 30 minutes to complete. Once the study is over, you are free to resume your normal, daily activities.

A PET/CT requires very minimal preparation. Your doctor and our team of imaging experts at South Jersey Radiology will provide you with specific guidelines to follow based on your medical history. Here are important, general guidelines to follow before your PET/CT appointment:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Avoid any heavy physical activity for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • On the day before your appointment, maintain a high-protein and low-carb diet.
  • Avoid eating or drinking (except water) for at least six hours prior to your appointment.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that doesn't contain any metal artifacts including jewelry, buttons, belts, and zippers.

A PET/CT is very safe because the amount of radiation in the radiotracer is very low, and your body will flush it out within 48 hours. Drinking plenty of fluids the day after your study can help your body flush any traces from your system more quickly.

All of our medical imaging techniques at South Jersey Radiology are compliant with Image Wisely guidelines to ensure radiation exposure is kept to a minimum.

If you have any medical concerns regarding your PET/CT appointment, please reach out to your doctor or our staff at South Jersey Radiology.

An oncologist may order a PET/CT scan to evaluate the stage of cancer, determine the location for a biopsy, and measure the effectiveness of a cancer treatment plan. A PET/CT scan has the ability to monitor many details about various types of cancer.

If you are claustrophobic, you are still able to get a PET/CT scan. On average, the study takes 20 – 30 minutes to complete. Our certified and friendly technologist will work with you to insure you are comfortable during the scan. If you have any anxiety about your upcoming appointment, please contact your doctor to discuss options for reducing your anxiety prior to your appointment.

Once the PET/CT scan is completed. the results with be analyzed and a detailed report will be developed by one of our subspecialized radiologists. Your doctor will receive the report within 48 hours and follow up with you to review the results.

South Jersey Radiology is in-network with 99% of health insurance providers. Please contact your insurance carrier to inquire about SJRA's in-network status. Some insurance companies may try to direct you to their preferred radiology center. As the patient, you have the right to choose if you would like your study performed at South Jersey Radiology.