Cardiac PET/CT provides accuracy, excellent image quality, and has the ability to detect disease before symptoms are present. This extremely effective imaging technique can diagnose cardiac disease with greater certainty and much lower radiation exposure than traditional stress testing.
- Higher diagnostic accuracy
- Significantly lower radiation exposure
- Consistent high-quality images
- Shorter study time, less than one hour
- Decreased retesting due to image clarity
How to Prepare
- In the event you are claustrophobic and/or have a problem with being in a restricted environment for any period of time, please contact our Triage department to make specific arrangements.
- Do not eat or drink anything that has caffeine, including coffee, tea, decaffeinated products, Excedrin, chocolate, cocoa, herbal teas, and soda for 12 hours before your appointment time.
- Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time.
- Do not apply lotion, cream, or deodorant to the chest area.
- Wear loose, wide-sleeved clothing that can accommodate a blood pressure cuff and can be removed easily.
- Take all medication as directed; please do not stop any medication unless instructed to do so by your physician.
- If you are asthmatic, please bring your inhaler(s) with you.
- In most cases, you may leave as soon as your cardiac PET scan is complete. You will be able to eat, drink, and return to your normal daily activities.