In order to acquire diagnostically accurate results with the highest quality images, it is absolutely imperative to properly prepare for the PET/CT examination!
You must arrive to the PET/CT center after fasting for at least 6 hours prior to the examination.
The day before the examination eat foods that contain the least amount of fatty acids and carbohydrates.
Avoid eating pasta and flour-based products, and rice.
At least 6 hours before the examination begins try to drink clean, non-carbonated, unsweetened water as much as possible.
Do not drink any juice. Do not drink sweet, carbonated and alcoholic bevarages.
At least 12 hours before the examination do not drink caffeine-containing beverages and do not eat coffeine-containing foods.
Do not smoke for 12 hours before the examination.
You must refrain from physical activities and physical exertion for 24 to 48 hours before the examination, because the increased muscle activity can affect the reliability of the examination data..
If you must use any medications that must be taken in with food, please, consult with the doctor about the possibility to skip your prescribed dose.
Do not skip a dose without consulting your doctor.Other medications can be used as usual according to your prescribed therapy, and informing our radiologist about all the medications and therapies you receive.
On the day of the examination you must avoid being cold. Please wear soft, comfortable and warm clothing. Pay special attention to your neck area, as it should be kept warm.
Please ensure that the clothes you wear are without buttons, zippers, rivets, or other metalic parts.
Do not chew gum, eat candy, lozenges, and do not use any medicinal patches (for example, Nicorette, etc.). If you are not clear what is allowed for the PET/CT examination, please, consult with your doctor before discontinuing any use of medications or medicinal patches.
You must arrive for your PET/CT examination on time in order not to miss your appointment because radiopharmaceutical is produced especially for your examination and especially for your time within the precision of a minute.
Please remember to take with you all the results and images on all available information carriers (CDs, DVDs, printed images) from your previous radiologic examinations (Computed Tomography, MRI, PET/CT, ultrasonography).
The patient refferal form should be filled out by the doctor prior to the appointment.
If You Have Diabetes
If you have diabetes and you use insulin, YOU MUST notify your doctor. You will be consulted about the special preparation for the PET/CT examination.
If You are Pregnant
There is a risk of harm to the fetus in case of pregnancy. Please, definitely, let your doctor know if you are pregnant or if you suspect pregnancy. If you are not sure, we suggest to take a pregnancy test a day before your PET/CT examination.
If You Breast Feed
If you have a PET/CT examination during your breast feeding period, then it is recommended to avoid breast feeding 12 hours after the examination and to discard the expressed milk during these 12 hours. Also, it is advisable to limit any physical contact with the child during the 12 hours after the examination.