If your doctor suspects that there could be issues with your heart, then a PET scan might be ordered. This is a diagnostic scan that can detect blockages or diseases that could require treatment in the future. Here are a few details to keep in mind about this important scan.
Reasons the Scan is Done
Sometimes, your doctor might request cardiac PET imaging if there is a history of heart disease in your family or your lifestyle could lead to heart issues in the future. An irregular heartbeat or pain in your chest often warrants this type of scan as well. If other tests that have been performed indicate that there could be a health issue, then the PET scan could be ordered due to it offering more details of the heart.
There usually isn’t a lot that you need to do to prepare for a PET scan. Your doctor will discuss why the scan will be performed and when you need to arrive at the imaging center. Depending on the details surrounding the exam, you might be asked not to eat anything for a few hours before the scan. You could also be asked to stop taking some medications for a few days before the exam in order to get the best results.
After the Scan
Your doctor will receive the results of your cardiac PET imaging scan within a few days. You’ll discuss any medications or other treatments that need to begin if your doctor has any concerns about what is seen.
Contact Cardiac Imaging, Inc. for more information about what to expect from your PET scan.