Bone Metastases: NaF-18 PET
NEWLY COVERED THROUGH MEDICARE'S NOPR PROGRAM
PET/CT with NaF-18 is a minimally invasive test that scans the entire skeletal system, producing high resolution of the patient's bones. The images are used to detect areas of abnormal bone growth associated with tumors.
Bone scan is an important tool for detecting cancer that has metastasized or spread to the bone from a tumor that started in a different organ.
A United Radiology technologist will discuss the test with the patient and answer any questions you might have.
A needle and line are inserted into the vein of the patient's arm.
The patient's blood sugar level is measured. A small dose of insulin (a substance that helps control blood sugar levels) may be given.
An imaging radiotracer called FDG-18 or Flurodeoxglucose is administered by injection into the vein. The radiotracer is a substance that emits very low-level radiation.
The patient lies down in the PET machine.
The patient must remain very still during the procedure.
Patients should not eat after midnight before the procedure.
Non diabetic and diabetic patients must fast 8 hours prior to scan.
Diabetics should make morning appointments, bring insulin, and notify our customer service staff when scheduling if they are diabetic.
Remove all jewelry and hair pins.
Bring all prior scans or images, photo identification and insurance co-payment.
Bring doctor's order.
How Long is the Exam?:
Plan to be at the facility for 2 hours.
After the Exam:
You should be able to return to your daily activities. Please inform our staff immediately if you have any concerns after the test.
Results will be sent directly to your referring physician who will then contact you. If you would like a CD of your test, please inform our staff the day of your test.
Currently, only Medicare under NOPR covers this exam. Medicare requires current and sufficient evidence in medical documentation to approve the scan. Please contact our customer service department for more information at 301-441-9696.