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PET/CT

PET / CT or 'Positron emission tomography' is a method to diagnose the types of tumor that cannot be detected using other imaging tools, such as ultrasound, X-ray, CT and MRI.

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PET/CT


Positron emission tomography (PET/CT) can diagnose the types of tumor that cannot be detected by other imaging modalities like MR-I, CT and Ultrasound.

PET/CT can assess the extent of tumor involvement and accurately determine the stage of the disease. The information on how far the malignant cells have spread is extremely important for the choice of treatment tactics.

  • WHEN WOULD YOU NEED PET/CT?

    • Detection of metastases and primary tumor size
    • Determining the extent of the tumor process
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of treatment
    • Differentiation of benign and malignant tumors
    • Planning therapy tactics
  • DIAGNOSIS

    Primarily carried out with 18-FDG:

    • Malignant tumors of the skeleton Melanoma
    • Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas
    • Soft tissue sarcomas
    • Thyroid gland cancer
    • Mammary glands
    • Cervix
    • Thymus
    • Testicles
    • Lungs
    • Pancreas
    • Ovaries
    • Stomach
    • Intestines
  • BENEFITS

    • Can detect oncological tumors at the asymptomatic stage
    • Safety technique
    • Absence of painful sensations
    • Outpatient conduct without surgical intervention
    • Complete information about the prevalence of a malignant process in the body

Preparation for full-body PET/CT Scan:


PET/CT diagnosis is based on the analysis of cell metabolism, and it is affected by a number of external factors. In order for the doctor to obtain accurate data, preparation for the examination is necessary:

  • Two days before the procedure, avoid alcohol and limit carbohydrate foods (everything that contains glucose, fructose, lactose and complex carbohydrates: sweets, cereals, flour, milk, sweet drinks).

  • Stop eating 6 or more hours before your visit to the center. The scan is performed on an empty stomach.

  • Two days before a PET/CT, do not overcool yourself, do not exercise – cold and intense movement affect the metabolism in the tissues of the body.

  • Take warm comfortable clothes without metal elements (zippers, buttons, etc.) and a change of shoes. The clothes should not be tight or cramped.

  • Bring to the examination the data of past examinations and examinations, the conclusions of specialists about your disease.

  • Important: Patients with diabetes need to consult an endocrinologist before undergoing PET/CT. High blood sugar levels in patients may decrease the reliability of the PET/CT result. The doctor should also be warned about pregnancy, breastfeeding, allergies to medications, claustrophobia, and inability to lie still for 30 minutes.

  • Our staff will assist you in detail about the preparation for the positron emission tomography and choose a convenient date and time for your visit, upon making an appointment for the examination.