A PET-CT scan combines a CT and PET scan into one scan to offer more detailed information about your cancer.
A CT scan will take pictures all over your body and put them together using a special computer; while a PET scan uses a small amount of radioactive drug injected into the body to show where cancer cells are.
PET-CT scans are used for many different types of cancer, and are generally thought to be more accurate than a PET scan alone. These scans are often used to diagnose cancer, find out the size of cancer and whether it has spread, and help determine what is going to be the most effective treatment.
For PET scans, you’re often told to not eat for about six hours beforehand. This procedure takes normally between30 and 60 minutes, after which you can continue with your day as normal.
Also, if you suffer from claustrophobia, our radiographers can give you some tips and advice to help you feel as comfortable as possible; or even give a medicine to help you relax.