PET/CT


DPET600_product6What is a PET/CT Scan?
A PET/CT scanner combines Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) images. PET images show the function of cells in the body.  CT images show body anatomy such as vessels, lymph nodes and organs. Combining PET and CT images helps doctors diagnose, monitor, and determine treatment for cancer.  PET/CT scans can help your doctor determine the extent of cancer, which may reduce the need for biopsy or surgery.

Preparing for Your PET/CT Exam
Prepare for your exam by following the strict guidelines below.  Contact the scheduling department with any questions you may have.

•  Don’t eat or drink anything except plain water for 4 – 6 hours before your exam.
•  Take your medication as directed by your doctor.
•  Avoid rigorous activity for 24 hours before your exam.
•  Dress warmly and comfortably.
•  If you are diabetic, eat a small meal four hours before your exam and take your insulin, if necessary.  Ensure that your glucose levels are within normal limits, or the exam will need to be rescheduled.

Make every effort to keep your appointment.  If you must reschedule, notify call us, 217-479-5696, at least 24 hours in advance.

What to Expect During the Exam
In preparation for the exam, you receive a small injection of radioactive tracer.  You rest comfortably for 45 – 90 minutes while the radioactive tracer moves through your body.  Then the technologist brings you to the scanner.  You may be asked to hold your breath for several seconds during the exam.  Try to remain still while the scan is in process.  The length of the exam depends upon the body area being scanned.

The radiologist will review your scans and send results to your doctor.

After your scan, you may resume your normal activity level.  The injected radioactive tracer quickly leaves your body.  To expedite this process, drink plenty of water.

Benefits of PET/CT
PET/CT helps doctors accurately diagnose, stage, and treat cancer.  PET/CT can help determine:

•  Size and location of the growth
•  Whether the cancer is spreading
•  The best form of treatment
•  Whether therapy is working
•  Whether there has been a recurrence

 

 

 

Passavant, SIU Offer Telehealth Services

Posted on: April 19, 2017

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Passavant Area Hospital are partnering to bring virtual health care to the residents of Jacksonville and surrounding counties. Through telehealth services, patients can visit Springfield medical specialists using videoconferencing technology at Passavant Area Hospital instead of traveling to Springfield. Patients will have access to advanced care in multiple specialties, including neurology, dermatology, infectious disease and endocrinology. An SIU telehealth virtual visit is the same as a regular face-to-face visit and, in most cases, is covered by insurance, said Dr. Nina Antoniotti, SIU’s executive director of telehealth and clinical outreach. High-definition audio and videoconferencing technology enable specialists to deliver the same level of care as in-person visits. “This partnership with SIU will allow local residents to stay close to home and use our facility to continue their care,” said Harry Schmidt, president and CEO of Passavant Area Hospital. “Patients will be guided through their telehealth visits by a clinical telepresenter who has been specially trained by SIU to ensure the process goes smoothly and patients are comfortable.” Some of the advantages of telehealth services include improved access to care, reduced time from referral to appointment, improved patient outcomes and lower out-of-pocket costs for patients. “This partnership allows us to fulfill the hospital’s mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve by strengthening convenient access to healthcare services to residents in rural areas,” Schmidt said. “By offering access to care from a variety of specialists in a convenient location, we believe we’ll see a healthier community as a result.” SIU telehealth technology is currently installed in 12 locations throughout rural Illinois, Antoniotti said. Patients who wish to schedule an SIU telehealth visit should work with their local physicians. To help educate the public on the benefits of the technology, Passavant and SIU Medicine will host an informational community event on Wednesday, May 10, that will include a mock telehealth appointment. The event runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 4 at Passavant. Call 217-479-5800 to register.

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