Positron Emission Tomography (PET), a division of the Nuclear Medicine Department, performs imaging to evaluate patients with various oncologic disorders. Condell is one of only a few other healthcare facilities in Illinois to offer this vital cancer detection tool.
Whereas MRI, CT and other imaging techniques give the physician information about anatomy, PET scanners give the physician information about physiology. Therefore, a PET study can not only help your physician diagnose a problem; it can also help your physician predict the likely outcome of various therapeutic alternatives, pinpoint the best approach to treatment, and monitor your progress so that if you're not responding as well as expected, you can be switched to a more effective therapy immediately.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 3:30 pm
Scheduling an Appointment:
A physician's order is required. Insurance companies vary in coverage for PET; therefore, we ask that you call our Scheduling number at 847.990.6000 so we can pre-authorize your PET scan for you.
When You Arrive:
Wear comfortable clothing. You may have a blood test to check your glucose level prior to the PET scan. You will receive an injection of the PET radioisotope. Immediately following the injection, you will be left alone in the injection room to relax. Our staff will try to make you as comfortable as possible during this waiting period. If we'll be scanning your brain, we will ask you to refrain from reading or talking. Otherwise, you may be able to read, speak, or listen to music until your scan begins. The technologist will be able to see and hear you at all times. Following the 60 minutes of inactivity, you will be asked to use the restroom prior to the start of the test.
During the Exam:
You will be placed on the PET table and safety straps may be applied. It is important that you remain completely still during the imaging portion of the exam. The scan itself will last approximately 50 minutes. The table will move as the exam progresses. You can plan on being at the hospital for approximately three hours for this procedure.
After the Exam:
When the exam is finished, the technologist will assist you off the table. You should feel no discomfort or side effects from the testing. The images will be interpreted by a radiologist and a final report will be sent to your physician within 24 hours from the time you were examined.
For further information, please contact the PET Department at 847.990.2160.