The PET/CT Imaging Center of NW Florida is an Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility located in Suite 124 of the Payne Building on Sacred Heart Hospital’s main campus in Pensacola, Florida. The Center has been performing PET/CT scans since 2005. It is staffed by 5 nuclear medicine technologists with over 50 years of combined experience in the field of PET/CT. The studies are interpreted by 2 radiologists with over 40 years of diagnostic imaging experience. The Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology in Oncology and Brain imaging. The mission of the Center is to provide our patients with compassionate care in a professional environment to obtain the best possible imaging study for them and their referring physician.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a PET/CT scan?
Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography is an imaging tool that uses a small amount of radiation to create images of internal anatomy. CT and PET are combined in one imaging session that gives a wealth of anatomical and physiological data.
It is used for the diagnoses, staging, and treatment monitoring of cancer patients. It is also used in the differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease versus fronto-temporal dementia and in the detection of amyloid plaques.
We perform FDG, Axumin, Netspot and Amyvid PET/CT’s.
What is involved in the process of a PET/CT scan?
Patients are injected with a small amount of radioactive glucose (radiopharmaceutical) and then relax in a quiet room for approximately 1 hour. Afterward, they are scanned (15 minutes) to map the distribution of the radiopharmaceutical. Those images are interpreted by a radiologist and a report of his findings is generated. From start to finish, the process is less than 2 hours, and the patient will have no sensation whatsoever from the radiopharmaceutical. The process varies slightly for Axumin, Netspot and Amyvid scans.
What preparations need to be made for a PET/CT scan?
In the 24 hours prior to the scan, avoid caffeine, sugar, tobacco use and heavy exercise. Patients should have NOTHING by mouth OTHER THAN WATER for 6 hours prior to the scan, but they can take their prescribed medication.
Diabetics and those patients getting an Axumin, Netspot or Amyvid scan must call the office for specific instructions.
Avoid wearing clothes with metal buttons/snaps/zippers, if possible, and limit jewelry (earrings and necklaces).
Patients must bring a copy of their insurance card(s) and are encouraged to print, fill out and bring the two forms available on the website with them.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scan time.
Patients MUST call the Center a MINIMUM of 24 HOURS prior to their scheduled appointment if they have to cancel.
What happens after the scan?
Patients are able to leave the Center immediately after the scan and have no limits on their activities other than to avoid contact with pregnant women and children.
Results are available from their referring physicians.