PET Mammography Scan

You have been scheduled for a PET mammography, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
You are asked to not have any products containing sugar for twenty four hours prior to your arrival. Also we ask that you have nothing to eat for six hours prior to your arrival. It is OK to drink water prior to the test. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

Sample diet:
Foods Recommended: leafy green vegetables, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, lean meats, chicken, fish, cheese, tofu, eggs, natural peanut butter, sugar-free gelatin, sugar-free soda, broth-based soups, oils, butter, margarine, teas, and coffee (no sugar added), herbs, spices, vinegar.

Foods to Avoid: sodas, chocolates, candy, fruits, juices, breads, cereals, rice, pasta, carrots, potatoes, peas, milk.

What to expect PET MAMMOGRAPHY:
Once in the injection room you will be sitting in a chair and the technologist will place an IV in a vein in your arm. We will ask you to relax and then you will receive an injection of radioactive glucose through the IV. You will then wait approximately forty five minutes before your scan begins. You will be asked to go to the bathroom to empty your bladder and put a gown on. Once in the scan room you will be sitting in a chair and images of your breast will be taken. The image positions are similar to mammography, but we do not compress the breast as much. Also, each image takes five to ten minutes to acquire. Plan on the imaging taking around one hour.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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