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Is there any pain involved in a pet CT scan?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
The only discomfort should be related to needing an IV for the procedure.
Otherwise you just lay flat on the scanning table.

In brief: Not really
The only discomfort should be related to needing an IV for the procedure.
Otherwise you just lay flat on the scanning table.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
if you become very anxious in closed spaces, ask the doc to prescribe an anxiolytic (Ativan/Xanax/Valium) to take before the procedure since it's important you lie as still as possible for good study
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: just an injection
Pet/ct is a scanner which looks a lot like a ct scanner. However, pet scans most often use a radioactive form of glucose, the energy source for most of the cells in our bodies.
The pet scanner can detect and measure how much of the radioactive glucose analog, f-18 fdg, is in a particular organ or region. The areas using more glucose are hyper metabolic and generally more concerning.

In brief: just an injection
Pet/ct is a scanner which looks a lot like a ct scanner. However, pet scans most often use a radioactive form of glucose, the energy source for most of the cells in our bodies.
The pet scanner can detect and measure how much of the radioactive glucose analog, f-18 fdg, is in a particular organ or region. The areas using more glucose are hyper metabolic and generally more concerning.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Dr. Joseph Accurso
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Noisy
The machine is quite noisy and may intimidate some people.
Also, claustrophobia may occur in some folks.

In brief: Noisy
The machine is quite noisy and may intimidate some people.
Also, claustrophobia may occur in some folks.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Eric Wang
Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not really
Pet-ct involves IV injection of a radiotracer, so there is a needle stick.
Then, you have to lay in the scanner without moving for a while, which can be uncomfortable but shouldn't be painful.

In brief: Not really
Pet-ct involves IV injection of a radiotracer, so there is a needle stick.
Then, you have to lay in the scanner without moving for a while, which can be uncomfortable but shouldn't be painful.
Dr. Eric Wang
Dr. Eric Wang
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