Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a test that uses a special camera and small amounts of radioactive matter known as tracer to view organs in the body. The tracer is usually a special form of a substance (such as glucose) that collects in cells that are using a lot of energy, such as cancer cells.

Our team of certified professionals is here to help you understand more about PET scans in Bend, Oregon.



About Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging is a diagnostic procedure used to visualize metabolically active tissues. PET is a medical imaging technology that images the biology of disorders at the molecular level before anatomical changes are visible.
During a PET scan, a tracer is put into a vein in your arm. The tracer then moves throughout your body, eventually collecting in a specific organ or tissue. The camera then records this tracer and turns the recording into images on the screen. The pictures produced can identify several forms of cancer, damaged heart tissue, and brain disorders including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy.


American College of Radiology – Positron Emission Tomography Accredited Facility

Preparing for Your Positron Emission Tomography Procedure

Please carefully follow any preparation instructions given to you prior to your PET scan. Dietary instructions are particularly important since eating before your exam can significantly decrease the absorption of the FDG tracer. In turn, this will decrease the amount of radioactivity uptake in abnormal cells and generate a suboptimal scan.