What to Expect from a PET Scan

If you've been scheduled for a PET scan, you might be wondering what to expect. Here are the things that you should know before the scan is done: - You'll need to refrain from eating or drinking anything before the procedure. Your doctor will remind you of that. - An IV will be inserted into your hand to allow non-damaging radioactive glucose to enter the body. - You will wait about an hour in a waiting area while this flows through your body. - You will then lie on your back and enter the PET scan machine. Your scan will be completed in just a few minutes. - After a short resting period, you can leave the hospital and wait for your results. - If the results are negative, you may do re-testing in upcoming years depending on your condition. Question of the Day: What frightens you most about procedures like the PET Scan? photo link
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