Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
How To Prepare
Tell your doctor if you have Reference diabetes Opens New Window. If you take medicine to control diabetes, you may need to take less than your normal dose. Talk with your doctor about how much medicine you should take.
Tell your doctor about any medicines and herbal remedies you take. You may need to stop taking some medicines or change your dose before this test.
Do not smoke or drink caffeine or alcohol for 24 hours before this test.
Do not eat or drink for at least 6 hours before this test.
Tell your doctor if you are or might be pregnant or if you are breast-feeding. If you are breast-feeding, you will need to use formula for 1 to 2 days after the PET scan so you won't pass the tracer to your baby. This generally takes 24 hours.
Tell your doctor if you have a fear of enclosed spaces or have ever had a panic attack.
You may be asked to sign a consent form for this test. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done or what the results mean. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 28, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology