PET/CT Imaging Services

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Our PET/CT Program

RIA uses the latest technologies available in PET/CT in an anti-claustrophobic design for a more comfortable patient experience in our private, tranquil PET/CT suites.

A board-certified radiologist with advanced specialty training in PET/CT will work closely with the your physicians to provide a complete and comprehensive diagnosis to assist in the treatment and continuity of your care. Credentialed and caring staff is there to support you and your family through this process.

Personal Patient Navigators

Please feel free to call one of our Personal Patient Navigators who can help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have regarding scheduling, your procedure, reports or billing.

RIA at Pembrooke 

Waldorf, MD

301-870-8434 Press 9  

RIA at Heritage

Clinton, MD

301-856-3670 Press 9

WHAT IS PET/CT?

  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers, a special camera and a computer to help evaluate your organ and tissue functions.

    By identifying body changes at the cellular level, PET may detect the early onset of disease before it is evident on other imaging tests.

    For more information PET/CT: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=pet

Preparing for your PET/CT

Starting 24 hours prior your exam - patient should begin a low carb diet.

Starting 4 hours prior to your exam patient should not eat.  Drinking Sugar-free (or imitation sugar) beverages are allowed (e.g, water, coffee, tea).  

Please wear comfortable clothing without buttons, zippers or snaps, if possible.

What to expect during a PET/CT exam

The PET/CT exam typically lasts 2-3 hours. The amount of time involved to complete your scan will depend on the type of procedure your physician has requested. Sometimes it may begin with an injection of a small amount of radioactive glucose (sugar) "tracer" solution that enables evaluation of glucose metabolism (function) in the body. There are no known side effects to this injection.

The procedure may begin immediately upon injection, or may begin after an "uptake period," depending on the type of examination being requested. You may be asked to rest in a quiet room and avoid significant movement or talking, which may alter the localization of the tracer.

The PET/CT scanner is very similar in size to a CT scanner and looks like a large doughnut. The patient is asked to lie comfortably on the imaging table while the scanner detects the concentration of the tracer within the body, and generates CT, PET, and fusion images by use of computer software.

Accreditation

RIA received the distinction of being recognized as a Nuclear Medicine Accredited facility by the American College of Radiology accreditation 

Insurance/Pre-Authorization

Please be advised that Medicare and many other insurance plans have different guidelines and various indications to evaluate the medical necessity of PET/CT exams.

Please contact your insurance company to fully understand your benefits.   You may also contact one of our insurance specialists who can assist you in understanding your benefits and financial responsibilities.

Locations that provide PET/CT Scans

Pembrooke - Waldorf, MD
Heritage - Clinton, MD