These tests use a radioactive substance to create images of your organs. The images show their size and shape and how well they are functioning.
A positron emission tomography (PET) with Computed Tomography (CT) scan uses two types of imaging to create detailed images of structures in your body. One type (PET) uses a radioactive substance that is absorbed into tissues and shows the degree that those organs are using energy. The second type (CT) is a series of X-rays. When these forms of imaging are combined:
So that appropriate precautions are taken, be sure to tell the technician if you are pregnant or could be pregnant or if you are breast-feeding.
The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.
What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?
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