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Frequently Asked Questions:

















Q: What is the difference between a PET/CT scan and a CT scan?

A: A PET scan measures chemical activity in the body such as cells and metabolic changes. A CT scan analyzes your body's anatomy such as organs, bones and soft tissue.           

Q: Does my insurance require pre-certification for radiology procedures?

A: It depends on the provider. Medicare does not but some providers such as Humana does so check with your provider to be safe.

Q: Is the PET/CT scan safe?

A: Yes. The risks associated with a PET scan are very minimal. The quantity of radiation is low and the FDG degrades quickly so that no detectable radioactivity is present after several hours.

Q: Is the CT scan safe?

A:  Yes. You receive a minimal amount of radiation comparable to that of an x-ray.

Q: What happens after the exam(s)?

A: After your scan, you will get up from the scanner bed and check out with the receptionist. You can resume your normal diet.

Q: When will I know the results?

A: It usually takes 1 to 3 days for the results to be processed.

 

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