Positron emission tomography (PET) is a type of nuclear medicine imaging that produces a three-dimensional image of functional processes in the body.
Computed tomography (CT), sometimes called CAT scanning, is a noninvasive, painless X-ray procedure that obtains cross-sectional images of body parts that cannot be seen on a standard X-ray.
At Morristown Medical Center, PET and CT scans are combined into one comprehensive image, providing both anatomic and metabolic information, allowing physicians to quickly and more accurately identify cancer, and more recently, heart disease and brain disorders.
Preparing for a PET or PET/CT Scan at Morristown Medical Center
- You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam or you may be allowed to wear your own clothing.
- Women should inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant or if they are breast feeding.
- Leave metal objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins at home or remove them prior to your exam; you may also be asked to remove hearing aids.
- Following injection with radioactive nuclide, you will be asked to relax for one to two hours prior to your scan. You may bring reading material if you decide to stay on site during this time.
- To avoid delays, remember to bring a copy of your prescription.
PET/CT Scan Results
Morristown Medical Center's radiologists are experts in supervising and interpreting radiology examinations. They will interpret your PET/CT images and send a signed report to your primary care physician or the physician who referred you for the exam.
Locations and Appointments
PET/CT scans are available at:
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