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Computed Tomography

Hybrid PET/CT System

The Philips Gemini Big Bore PET/CT is optimized for all the patient's radiation oncology treatment planning and diagnostic imaging applications, delivering the accuracy demanded by radiation treatment applications.
  • Sharper images for increased diagnostic confidence
  • Advanced multi-slice CT and third-generation Time-of-Flight technology can help us visualize pathology earlier, faster and more accurately than ever before
  • Separation between bores allows patient access for physicians and may alleviate anxiety for claustrophobic and pediatric patients
  • Holds up to 430 lbs

CT Prep

Patient may take necessary heart or blood pressure medications with a sip of water at routine times before any exam. All patients over 18 having an MRI with contrast need a current creatine level. 

CT scan of the head/chest, pelvis, abdomen & pelvis, CT KUB (kidneys, ureter, bladder)
AM Appointment - liquid breakfast
PM Appointment - light breakfast and liquids after breakfast

PET/CT GENERAL PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS

Special Instructions:
  • If you are between the ages of 13 and 55 years old, you must have a pregnancy test before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you have had a PET/CT scan within the last 2 months please call us at (209) 823-1504 and ask to speak to a technologist.
  • No food from midnight or 6 hours prior to appointment.
  • No strenuous exercise, no gum chewing, no smoking 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • Low carbohydrate foods/ no caffeine / no nicotine / no alcohol 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • Avoid cold temperatures / stay warm for 48 hours prior to the exam; continue remaining warm through injection and uptake phase of exam.
  • You may take your medications (with water only) prior to arrival at Manteca Imaging Center. If you need to take your medications with food please hold taking the medication until after the exam.
  • You will be asked to limit talking 5 minutes before injection and during uptake phase of exam to limit laryngeal muscle uptake.
  • We recommend eating something fatty the day prior to exam(fried eggs, bacon).
  • Do not bring children to the appointment.
Foods Allowed (the day before): All meats (beef, pork, lamb, chicken, fish), tofu, cheeses, oil, margarine, butter, eggs, and non-starchy vegetables. 

Foods NOT Allowed (the day before): Cereals, breads, jams, jellies, peas, corn, potatoes, fruits, juices, sodas, gravies, milk(including non-dairy milks), pastas, sugar, candy, alcohol and rice. 

The exam may take 2 to 3 hours to complete. 

If you have any questions please call us at (209) 823-1504.

PET/CT DIABETIC PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS

Special Instructions:
It is very important that you manage your glucose(sugar) intake prior to the exam. If your glucose is not at the right level, the exam may be cancelled, or the results may not be optimal. 

General Instructions:
  • If your blood glucose is above 200mg/dl please call us at (209) 823-1504 and ask to talk to a technologist.
  • If you are between the ages of 13 and 55 years old, you must have a pregnancy test before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you have had a PET/CT scan within the last 2 months please call us at (209) 823-1504 and ask to speak to a technologist.
  • No food from midnight or 6 hours prior to appointment.
  • No strenuous exercise, no gum chewing, no smoking 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • Low carbohydrate foods/ no caffeine / no nicotine / no alcohol 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • Avoid cold temperatures / stay warm for 48 hours prior to the exam; continue remaining warm through injection and uptake phase of exam.
  • You may take your medications (with water only) prior to arrival at Manteca Imaging Center. If you need to take your medications with food please hold taking the medication until after the exam.
  • You will be asked to limit talking 5 minutes before injection and during uptake phase of exam to limit laryngeal muscle uptake.
  • We recommend eating something fatty the day prior to exam(fried eggs, bacon).
  • Do not bring children to the appointment.
Foods Allowed (the day before): All meats (beef, pork, lamb, chicken, fish), tofu, cheeses, oil, margarine, butter, eggs, and non-starchy vegetables. 

Foods NOT Allowed (the day before): Cereals, breads, jams, jellies, peas, corn, potatoes, fruits, juices, sodas, gravies, milk(including non-dairy milks), pastas, sugar, candy, alcohol and rice. 

Diabetic patients on oral medication:
  • No food 6 hours prior to exam
  • Take diabetic medication and follow the general instructions above 24 hours prior to exam.
  • Hold taking Metformin or Metformin containing diabetic drugs (Glucophage, Janumet) 12 hours prior to exam
Diabetic who are insulin dependent:
  • No food 6 hours prior to exam. Follow the general instructions above 24 hours prior to exam.
  • No insulin adminstration 1 hour before appointment.
  • You may take your long lasting insulin on the day of the appointment if taken 1 hour prior to appointment.
  • No regular insulin (Humulin R) to be taken within 1 hour of appointment.
  • Please bring your insulin to your appointment.
Diabetic on insulin pump:
  • Follow general instructions above 24 hours prior to appointment.
  • Continue pump as usual.
The exam may take 2 to 3 hours to complete.

If you have any questions please call us at (209) 823-1504.

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