PET/CT Imaging


Why should I schedule my PET/CT at CSNF?

Convenient imaging services are offered at CSNF with both a fixed scanning unit and mobile scanner that travels to multiple locations during the week. Our newest fixed scanning units, located at our Southpoint and Fleming Island locations, are world-class CTs that adapt to each patients’ needs and equips therapists with the tools they need to provide patients with the personalized care they deserve. These two units are identical, offering enhanced image quality, lower radiation doses, and the ability to overcome limitations of conventional scanning systems with a larger bore diameter and higher table load capacity making it the perfect fit for every patient. The CSNF mobile PET team travels to five locations during the week, including the Beaches, Riverside, Fleming Island, Southpoint and St. Augustine. Our Biograph TruPoint mobile scanner enables physicians to determine the exact size and location of tumor, which in turn allows more effective treatment planning and monitoring. This technology helps each patient by providing information that can help avoid unnecessary invasive surgery and improve the overall care for the patient. By integrating both the mobile and fixed services into each practice, the specialists at CSNF can easily adapt treatment to each individual patient’s needs. Having the PET/CT done in-house means the same team of radiologists read the results which are automatically uploaded into our electronic records system and ensures that patients enjoy the same high standards of service that we bring to other areas of cancer care.

 

   

What is PET/CT?

PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography. A PET scan provides information about your body on a cellular level and is a diagnostic imaging test which provides valuable information on tissue/tumor metabolism and responses to certain treatments.

A CT scan, Computerized Tomography, generates a detailed view of the anatomy or structures of organs and tissues in the body. Together, these two state-of-the-art techniques provide valuable information to your physician which helps with diagnosis and treatment planning.

If you would like more information on your exam, please click on the instructions below based on which exam you’re receiving.

Click here to download CT Instructions

Click here to download CT Simulation Instructions

Click here to download PET CT Instructions

Click here to download Bone Scan Instructions

What will the scan be like?

After you arrive in the Radiology Department Reception area for your appointment, a technologist will ask you about your medical history and explain the procedure. You will be given a small injection of radioactive sugar through an IV. After waiting 45 minutes to 1 hour you will be taken to the scanner where you will lie on a comfortable table that moves slowly through a ring-like scanner. You will be asked to lie very still so the machine can get the best possible picture. The scan will take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. The total procedure can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on your diagnosis.

What Happens After the Exam?

You may resume your normal diet and activity. It is recommended you drink 32 ounces of water after the exam to help flush any radiopharmaceutical that may still be in your system. It is also recommended that you avoid close contact with small children or pregnant women for approximately 12 hours after your injection. The PET/CT will not affect your ability to drive. The results of your scan will be sent to your doctor within 72 hours.

What if I'm Claustrophobic?

Please consult your physician prior to the exam. Claustrophobic patients may need to obtain a prescription from their doctor before the appointment. If you receive a prescription, you will need to have a family member or friend accompany you to the appointment in order to drive you home. Please do not drive after taking any sedative.

Are there any risks?

Although a radioactive substance is used during the scan, the amount of radiation you’re exposed to is too low to affect the normal processes of your body. However, this radioactive material might harm the fetus of a pregnant woman.

 

Lung Cancer Low Dose Screening

1 in every 4 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer during their lifetime. Annual low dose CT lung screenings in high risk patients has shown to decrease cancer death by 20% compared with using traditional chest x-rays.

What is a Low Dose Lung CT?

Low dose means the CT scan uses very little radiation and results in minimal negative effects on the patient. Unlike a chest x-ray which produces shadows of the lungs, the low dose CT technique provides high-resolution, three dimensional (3-D) images of the lungs. The screening is helpful in detecting early-stage lung cancer before patients experience any symptoms. In order to be effective at detecting cancer, screening is recommended on an annual basis.

Who is Eligible For This Screening?

If you meet the following criteria, you are a candidate for a low dose CT lung screening, covered by Medicare and most insurances:

Click here to download the Low Dose CT brochure.

 

How to Schedule Your PET/CT

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our central scheduling department 904-538-4490.

Locations

Map of Southpoint and surrounding area

SOUTHPOINT
7015 AC Skinner Parkway, Building 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Map of Southside Map and surrounding area

SOUTHSIDE
5742 Booth Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Map of Beaches Map and surrounding area

BEACHES
357 11th Avenue South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Map of St. Augustine Map and surrounding area

ST. AUGUSTINE
9 San Bartola Dr
St. Augustine, FL 32086

Map of Fleming Island and surrounding area

FLEMING ISLAND
2370 Market Drive
Fleming Island, FL 32003

Map of Riverside and surrounding area

RIVERSIDE
2563 Oak Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204