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PET/CT Imaging


Mon - Fri: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


PET/CT scans are used to measure body functions, such as blood flow, oxygen use, and sugar (glucose) metabolism to evaluate the function of organs and tissues with the use of radioactive isotopes.

Positron Emission Tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging.

Computerized Tomography (CT) uses x-ray to produce detailed anatomic images of the body.

A PET/CT scan combines the two imaging modalities and allows information from the two scan types to be correlated and interpreted on one image, which leads to more precise information and diagnoses.



  • Whole body imaging for the detection of cancer or response to cancer treatments
  • Cardiac Imaging-- for evaluating heart function
  • Brain Imaging — memory disorders and central nervous system disorders.



  • You should plan on being at the Clinical Center 2 ½ to 3 hours
  • Nothing to eat 6 hours prior to the exam
  • Increase water intake prior to the exam
  • Meal before the 6 hour fasting period must be one of high protein ( no pasta, bread, starch, fruit or fruit juices)
  • No sugar, candy or gum the day of the exam.
  • No vigorous exercise 24 hours prior to the exam
  • No smoking or caffeine 12 hours prior to the exam



  • You will be escorted to your private room within the PET/CT imaging area
  • Patient history will be taken and the procedure will be explained. 
  • You will be asked to change into a patient hospital gown and asked to remove metal items.
  • An IV will be started and an injection of a radioactive isotope will be administered by a PET/CT technologist.  You should not experience any side effects from the injection of the isotope.  After the injection it is necessary for the isotope to be given time to circulate (uptake) through your body (up to one hour).  During this time you will remain in the PET/CT imaging area and every attempt will be made to keep you warm and comfortable.
  • The scanning process is simple.   You will be asked to lie on a couch type bed and the couch will be moved into the PET/CT scanner.  It is very important that you do not move during the scan.
  • Once the procedure is complete you will be able to leave and resume your normal activities.
  • The exam will be reviewed and interpreted by a radiologist (a physician who specializes in diagnostic imaging).  The report will be sent to your physician.

The PET/CT imaging facility at Michigan State University employs General Electric imaging systems which produce superior images.

The PET/CT unit serves both outpatient and ambulance-transported hospital inpatients.  The PET/CT unit is located in the southeast portion of the Clinical Center on the East Lansing campus.


If you have questions regarding your insurance coverage, we encourage you to contact your insurer.
If you or your insurer has any questions regarding PET/CT, please call the Michigan State University PET/CT office at (517) 353-5053 


Mon - Fri: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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(517) 353-5053
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(517) 884-7450

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(517) 353-9541

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(517) 355-0120