PET imaging is used for various types of disease; primarily in detecting, staging and monitoring cancer, but also in heart disease and neurological disorders.
PET and Alzheimer's:
A PET scan can show the brain's biological changes attributable to Alzheimer's disease before any other diagnostic test, sometimes several years earlier than the onset of symptoms.
Alzheimer Disease: Differentiate Alzheimer's disease from mild dementia.
|Neurological - Clinical Indications for Ordering PET
(for other insurers, call)
Brain PET Check List:
____ 1. OBTAIN SIGNED ORDER FROM REFERRING PHYSICIAN WITH REQUESTED SCAN AND DIAGNOSIS
____ 2. OBTAIN SUPPORTING CLINICALS - CLINICAL SHOULD INCLUDED:
COGNITIVE DECLINE OF AT LEAST 6 MONTHS- DATE OF ONSET SYMPTOMS( MEMORY LOSS)
MINI MENTAL STATUS EXAM (MMSE)
RESULTS OF MRI OR CT
LABORATORY TESTS (B12, THYROID HORMONE)
You should have nothing by mouth for 4 hours prior to arriving for your test.
You should only drink water.
Make sure to drink plenty of water so you are not dehydrated.
Do not wear any jewelry or hairpins.
Advise our staff of any allergies.
Bring all prior images or scans.
Bring doctors signed order.
Bring insurance co-payment and photo identification.
Wear comfortable clothing.
How Long is the Exam?:
Plan on being at the center for 2 hours.
After the Exam:
You should experience no discomfort and return immediately to daily activities.
Results will be sent directly to your referring physician, who will then contact you.
Medicare currently is the ONLY insurance that covers PET for Alzheimer's and memory loss. Please contact our customer service for more information regarding coverage by other insurance companies.