Medical Imaging

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Preparation

Before the examination

  • Different examinations have specific preparation requirements. Please check with your doctor/ nurse if you are unsure.
  • If you have taken similar examinations in the past, it is advisable to bring them along on your appointment.
  • When making your appointment please inform the nurse if you are on medications for conditions like asthma, diabetes, cardiac or kidney diseases etc, or if you think you may be pregnant.
  • If you will be taking a mammogram examination, you may wish to be comfortably attired (e.g. wearing a button-on top) for ease of examination. Do not use powder or deodorant on your breasts or armpits on the day of your examination as it will affect the mammogram image.

During the examination

  • When your appointment is due, you will be led to the examination room by the radiographer.
  • You will then be requested to position yourself either on the examination bed or to remain standing when the examination is conducted. This will be explained clearly to you by the radiographer who will be conducting the examination. At no time should you be feeling uncomfortable and if you are, do inform the radiographer immediately.
  • Depending on the type and complexity of the examination, each examination will usually take between 10 - 35 minutes.

After the examination

  • The collection of results will depend on your doctor's request. The result will either be collected by you where you will bring it back to your doctor for further consultation or it will be despatched to your doctor who will then schedule an appointment to discuss the findings with you.

Preparation for PET/CT

Prior to the scan :

  • (1) No strenuous exercise for 48 hours.
  • On the day of the scan :

    • (1) DO NOT eat or drink, (except plain water) 6 hours before the scan. (Fasting)
    • (2) You may continue with your regular medications, except diabetic medicine.
    • (3) If you have DIABETES, additional preparatory instructions are required. We will need to manage your blood sugar level properly. Please expect your stay at AsiaMedic to be longer than other PET patients. If your blood sugar level is too high, the scan may be postponed till it is better controlled. Please bring along your diabetic medication.
    • (4) Please plan to arrive at the centre 30 minutes before your appointment time.
    • (5) Remember to bring along any previous X-rays, CT, MRI or scans (including any CD roms) that you have taken.

    Important Note:

      Please inform us if you have/are:
    • Claustrophobic. (fear of enclosed space)
    • Pregnant or lactating.
    • On IV drip (Intravenous drip of glucose or dextrose).
    • All of which should be stopped 6 hours prior to scanning.
    • A medical problem that prevents you from lying still for up to 45 minutes.

    THE PET/CT Scan Procedure:

      Upon arrival
    • Preparation phase: You will be asked to change into the patient gown. A locker will be provided to keep your personal belongings. Your weight and blood sugar level will be checked.
    • Uptake phase: You will be injected with the radiotracer and asked to lie quietly for about 1 to 1.5 hours. There are no side effects from this radiotracer. After this you will be transferred to the scan room.
    • Scanning phase: Scanning will take between 30 to 45 mins. The time may vary depending on the area of interest being scanned. It is important that you allocate plenty of time (approximately 3 hours) to be at the Centre.
    • After the Scan: PET scan is a painless and safe procedure with no side effects. You can resume normal diet and drink plenty of water to flush out the radiotracer from your body. Do not get close to children or pregnant women for at least 6 hours after the scan.