YOUR EXAM

Scheduling Your Exam

Physician Referral

All PET/CT Imaging exams require a referral from an attending physician that is providing ongoing treatment and care for the patient. Exam results will be communicated directly to the referring physician, who will then review these results with the patient.

Insurance & Payment Verfication

We accept Medicare and most insurances and managed care plans. We will work with your referring physician to secure prior authorization, if required. Deductibles and co-insurance will be collected at the time of the exam. We also offer discounts for self-paying patients.

Scheduling Considerations

Be prepared to stay at our facility for approximately two to three hours on the day of your exam. Be sure that you will be able to follow the specific exam preparation instructions below during the 24-hour period prior to your exam.

 Check out the Billing & Payments section of our website for more information about our financial policies.

Preparing for Your Exam

Correct preparation for your PET/CT study is very important!

Before arriving for your exam appointment, you will be asked to carefully follow specific exam preparation instructions, especially regarding food and drink. You may download a copy of these instructions by clicking here.

In addition, please try to refrain from strenuous physical activity (working out, jogging, heavy lifting, etc.) for 24 hours prior to your exam.

Your Exam Appointment

The following steps will help you know what to expect during your appointment at our imaging facility.

  • Prior to Arrival

    Before arriving at the imaging facility you should carefully follow the patient preparation instructions. Correct preparation for your PET/CT study is very important. Be aware that our exam rooms can sometimes be cool, so we suggest that you wear warm comfortable clothing. Also, please avoid wearing jewelry or clothes with metal fasteners or zippers.

  • Patient Registration

    Once at the imaging center, you will be asked to complete the necessary paperwork to begin the procedure. Be sure to bring your insurance cards and government ID with you. It will also be helpful to bring a list of any medications you are currently taking and copies of your most recent X-ray, CT, or MRI exams.

  • Exam Preparation

    Prior to your imaging exam, you will receive an intravenous radioisotope injection and then you will be asked to rest quietly for approximately 60 minutes. After this resting period, you will empty your bladder and the technologist will escort you into the scanner room where you will lie down on the PET/CT scanner table.

  • PET/CT Scan

    When lying down on the PET/CT scanner table, it is important to lie as still as possible for 15-35 minutes as the scanner table passes slowly through the scanner. During this time, the technologist will continue to communicate will you as the scanner acquires several sets of images. The PET/CT scan is fast, straight-forward, and painless.

  • Patient Discharge

    Upon completion of the exam, our staff will assist you with gathering your belongings and returning to the waiting area. You will be given a patient satisfaction survey to share with us your thoughts about the service we provided. After our radiologist has reviewed your exam, a detailed report will be provided to your referring physician to review with you on your next scheduled appointment.

“JJ & Sherry were informative, friendly, & professional. They made me feel comfortable and relaxed from the time I walked into the waiting room and throughout the whole procedure.”One of Our Wonderful Patients