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

 

 

 

Patricia Huckabay is Employee of the Month

Posted on: July 13, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Patricia Huckabay. She is a clerk in the patient registration department and has been employed at Passavant five years. Her nomination from a grateful co-worker read, “Patricia is pleasant and friendly with everyone. She always has a smile. She always goes above and beyond creating a wonderful experience for every patient. She helps wherever needed and does anything without complaint. Patricia often stays when the department is short-staffed and has helped out with all shifts. Recently, she noticed a job that needed to be done. She took the initiative to discover what she could do to help. She followed up on each issue with progress and took time to learn. She also came up with a great idea to add notes to each visit so that everyone could view the work that had been done. Patricia is an asset to Passavant and Patient Registration. We are lucky to have her!” “As a patient registration clerk, I ensure patient insurance and demographic information is up-to-date. I create, update and maintain most outpatient and inpatient visits. In addition, I order laboratory, x-ray and other outpatient tests,” Patricia said. The care and compassion we provide here makes Passavant a fantastic place to work and an even better place to get the care you need,” added Patricia. Patricia resides in Jacksonville with her two children, Kyla and Ava. The Employee of the Month at Passavant receives eight hours off with pay, an Employee of the Month plaque, a close parking space for one month, gift cards for the Cafeteria and Gift Shop, a movie gift card, pen and pencil set, picnic blanket, flashlight/tool kit, Mason jar cup, umbrella, small cooler, lunch sack, drawstring tote, water bottle, notepad, flashlight key ring, coffee mug, and cup.

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