Small trial suggests the scans might help, but experts aren't so sure
by Dothedewmom on Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:00 AM
by Paolo on Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:00 AM
In a week I have my third PET scan.
It takes about 30 minutes for the fluid to go into circulation, when you are kept in a special room, then 15 to 20 minutes the scan as such, then again 30 minutes in a special room.
No negative effects. One feels very hot for an hour after the scan.
Precaution: empty stomac (you can drink water), avoid carbohydrates the evening before. Stay away from pregnant women (you are radioactive) for the rest of the day.
They normally don't do the brain because it naturally metabolyzes glucose, therefore they can't see much.
by Ricki1222 on Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:00 AM
Whenever I have had PET scans (and I have had quite a few since 2002)...all I need to do is not eat from midnight until after the appointment, drink 1 hr before appointment liquid they provide and then another bottle 1/2 before scan.
I have an IV put in so they can inject the radioactive material. Once it is injected I have to wait 45 minutes, then the scan takes about 30 minutes and then I'm off and running
Drinking fluids after the scan helps to get the material out of your body faster.
Never felt flushed or had any adverse side effects.
Hope this helps,
by Beemer on Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:00 AM
by Dothedewmom on Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:00 AM
by Davidtim on Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:00 AM
On 4/4/2007 Dothedewmom wrote:Hello all. My mother is in stage IV nscls. I am taking her to the hospital tomorrow for another PET scan. This will be the first one I have been to with her. I just wanted to know the details about the scan. How long does it take? Will it hurt her or make her sick? Is the head included in the scan? Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you
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