PET/CT

Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) combines two different techniques in one scanner

Having a PET/CT scan

PET/CT is a diagnostic imaging technique used mainly in oncology, neurology, cardiology, infection and inflammation, and in planning surgery and treatment.

It gives clinicians two sets of related information about the body – functional and structural – from one examination. The CT scanner takes a series of two-dimensional cross-section images (‘slices’) around an axis. Computer processing is then used to construct a three-dimensional image. PET works by detecting gamma rays given off by a radioactive tracer injected into the body.

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Before you arrive
Preparation for the scan
During the scan
After the scan

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