What is a PET Scan?

A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan is a type of camera that is used along with a Computed Tomography (CT) scan to take detailed pictures inside the body. A PET scan is often used to help find a diagnosis, treatment plan, and/or see how a treatment plan is working. Because this test uses radiation, women who are pregnant are not permitted in the room during the scan. Please bring another adult who can stay with your child during the scan.

During a PET scan, a safe, small dose of a radioactive pharmaceutical is administered to highlight any areas of abnormal cell activity. Some PET scans are also ordered with an “oral contrast” that your child will drink. The oral contrast also acts as a tracer to help the doctor see the body in greater details.

PET scans are not painful. The bed moves slowly through the tunnel and the camera remains around your child, never touching them.Many children say the camera looks like a spaceship or a doughnut!

In order to get the best results, it is very important that your child holds still for the scan. A PET scan takes can take up to 60 minutes to complete. In certain cases, patients who are unable to hold still to complete the scan will be re-scheduled for a future scan under general anesthesia.

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The Latest in PET/CT Technology

The Nicklaus Children’s PET/CT suite features integrated immersive experience technology. Children are empowered to select from among eight graphic themes that can be projected on the wall. The LED light panels change colors to reflect the chosen theme, providing a calming immersive experience for the child and family. Also shown is the program’s new Siemens Healthineers Biograph Vision™ PET/CT system. Nicklaus Children’s is the first pediatric facility in the Southeast to acquire this technology.


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