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PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography) Preparation

What Should I do to Prepare?

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or if you are a nursing mother.
  • Wear comfortable clothing in layers, preferably without metal zippers, snaps and belts.
  • Take any prescribed medications on the day of your test, except for diabetic medications or any liquid medications containing sugar.
  • Tell your doctor and technologist if you are diabetic. If you are diabetic, you will need to speak to someone in the PET department prior to your exam.
  • Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to exam, except for water only. No coffee, gum, candy, etc.
  • Please drink water, 24-30 ounces, starting 2 hours before your scan. You may use the restroom at anytime.
  • Low carbohydrate meals 24 hours prior to exam.
  • No strenuous activities 24 hours prior to the scan.