Adams Diagnostic Imaging PET Scan
Adams Diagnostic Imaging brings cutting-edge radiology programs to Pennsylvania for the convenience of patients in the region.
PET Scan Services
PET scans are powerful tools for cancer diagnosis, helping doctors detect and treat cancer more effectively. With our cutting-edge PET scanning technology, Adams Diagnostic Imaging brings this functionality to Central Pennsylvania, offering PET Scan Imaging services for Gettysburg and the surrounding area for the convenience of patients in the region.
What Is a PET Scan?
PET is short for Positron Emission Tomography, which is an imaging technique that uses radiation to detect, localize and quantify cancer in the body. Unlike MRIs and X-rays that visualize the body’s anatomical structure, PET scans focus on metabolic processes in the body. Often, PET scans are used in conjunction with CT scans to pinpoint malignant tumors or abnormal organ function.
The PET scan is a multi-layered process that uses both a tracker and a scanner. The tracker is radioactive FDG (Fluoro-deoxy glucose), which is injected into the patient’s bloodstream and observed using the PET scanner. The scanner takes this information and converts the information into images.
What to Expect From a PET Scan
Thought the procedure may seem intimidating, PET scans are actually very simple for patients, and there are no PET scan side effects.
The procedure begins with an injection of a small amount of radioactive FDG, which is either observed immediately or allowed to metabolize in the body, depending on what the doctor wishes to observe. The PET scan itself takes about 20 minutes, during which time the patient stays still while the technologist takes the scans.
Once the scan is completed, the patient can go home. Any radiation in the FDE will become inactive within a few days and pass normally through your body.
How to Prepare for a PET Scan
PET scan prep is relatively simple:
- Tell your doctor of any medications you are taking — some may affect the results of your PET scan.
- Notify your physician if you are claustrophobic. You may be given medication to help relax.
- Do not eat or drink anything besides water for several hours before the scan. Your doctor will give you a more specific period. Eating during this time will skew the results of the scan.
- Remove metallic objects from your body, including jewelry and body piercings. You may also be asked to change into a hospital gown.
- Upon arrival, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown, or you may be allowed to wear your own clothes. You’ll need to remove any metallic objects from your body, including jewelry.
Be sure to ask your doctor about any other specific instructions they want you to follow prior to attending your appointment.
Why is it far less expensive at Adams Diagnostic Imaging?
Adams Diagnostic Imaging is a fraction of the cost of any other PET imaging center in Gettysburg or surrounding areas. Just like our competitors our scanner is accredited by the American College of Radiology, our technologists are nationally certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and our radiologists are all board certified. Unlike other PET imaging centers however, your scan isn’t paying for staff and management that isn’t part of your care. That lets us keep our service personalized, costs low, and provides our patients with the affordable care they need to heal.
Adams Diagnostic Imaging is one of the best PET scan centers in PA. By cutting out extraneous costs, we achieve quality results at a fraction of the cost of any other top PA PET scan centers. With nationally certified technologists and radiologists, we can ensure your images are being interpreted correctly so you can maximize your treatment.
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