RECEIVE YOUR PET/CT SCAN IN OUR COMFORTABLE CLINIC
Our new clinic is warm and personal, and our staff members are fully experienced in patient comfort. As dedicated professionals, we are focused on each individual and his or her personal wishes. We offer a private comfortable uptake room with a leather recliner, warm soft blankets, and a personalized snack after the required pre-scan fast. You can bring family or a friend, and there is plenty of free parking.
PREPARING FOR YOUR VANCOUVER PET/CT SCAN
At Premier Diagnostic Center, we provide effective cancer screening through PET/CT scans in Vancouver. We strive to make the scanning process as efficient and comfortable as possible for our clients.
Once you arrive at our clinic, you will need to fill out a brief questionnaire before entering the diagnostic area. Then you will be led to your private uptake room where you will put your belongings. After being weighed to determine the appropriate dose of your tracer, you will be led to the room where you will receive the tracer injection. You will then be asked to relax in your uptake room for about an hour, which provides adequate body distribution time for the tracer. Once the uptake process is complete, you will be led to the scan room to begin imaging.
During your Scan
You will lie on a comfortable imaging table that will slowly move you through the scanner while data is collected. The scan will last for roughly 30-45 minutes, after which you will return to your room to allow the tracer to dissipate. Staff will provide you with your own personalized snack to enjoy while you wait. We will conduct a quality check of the scan, and then you will be presented with your scan images on disc before you leave. The full procedure will take about 2.5 hours. You physician will receive a report once the scan has been read.
How PET/CT Imaging Works
Active cells use sugar as an energy source, and malignant cancer cells uptake sugar at an extremely rapid rate. The PET scanning process combines a special type of sugar with a safe radioactive component to create the radioactive tracer called FDG (or Fluorodeoxyglucose). After the tracer is injected, the malignant cells quickly absorb it and the scanner is able to pick up signals emitted by the tracer. This helps determine whether a tumor is cancerous or benign. These PET capabilities combined with the CT capabilities make it possible for the exact location of the cancerous tumor to be identified.
PET/CT SCANS ARE VERY SAFE
Millions of PET/CT scans have been performed throughout the world without there being any reports of negative reactions to the tracer. There are many similarities between PET/CT scans and the diagnostic procedures used in radiology and nuclear medicine. While individuals are exposed to radiation during the PET/CT scanning process, the exposure is minimal and is considered safe for a diagnostic procedure. When you receive a scan, the tracer should only remain in your body for about 24 hours, as it has a very short half-life.
Our private PET/CT scan facility is used by individuals throughout Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and the rest of British Columbia. If you would like to schedule a scan, please call us at (604) 678-9274!