About Us

About Us

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 4 nuclear medicine technologists with over 40 years of combined experience in the field of PET/CT. The studies are interpreted by 4 radiologists with over 75 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 Quesitons

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.

What is involved in the process of a PET/CT scan?

Patients are injected with a small amount of radioactive (positron emitting) sugar and asked to relax in a quiet room for approximately 1 hour. They are then scanned for 10 minutes to map the distribution of the radioactive sugar. Those images are interpreted by a radiologist (a physician licensed to review the scan) and a report of his/her 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.

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.

Diabetic patients 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 these forms with them. 

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Patient Information

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.

Contact Us

Give us a call at 850-478-6336, or we can be faxed at 850-478-6361. We can also be contacted by emailing admin@pensacolaradiology.com