Peritus Clinic is the only private hospital in Sweden that offers a positron emission tomography (PET) scan.
If conventional imaging or CT scan shows suspicious changes in the body, a PET scan may be useful in detecting cancer or revealing whether your cancer has spread.
PET scanners work by detecting the radiation given off by a substance injected into your arm called a radiotracer as it collects in different parts of your body. Cancer cells show up as bright spots on PET scans because they have a higher metabolic rate than do normal cells.
The radioactive dose is relatively harmless and has a short half life, which means it quickly leaves the body.
PET provides very sensitive information about whether a growth within the body is cancerous or not. CT, on the other hand, provides detailed information about the location, size, and shape of various lesions but cannot differentiate cancerous lesions from normal structures with the same accuracy as PET. The combined PET/CT scanner merges PET and CT images together.
Preparations and exam duration
Before your PET scan you need to prepare. Refrain from eating or drinking a few hours before. After a radioactive drug (tracer) has been injected in the body you need to rest 1-2 hours. During this time bed rest is prescribed to avoid that the tracer is absorbed by unwanted parts of the body.
All instructions will be shared with you well in advance.
The scan including preparatory time takes about 2-3 hours total.