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Q:   What patient preparations are necessary for a PET scan?

A: Nothing to eat or drink except water for 4 hours prior to the scheduled appointment.

Drink 6-8 glasses of water in the 24 hours prior to the appointment.

Avoid strenuous activity 24 hours prior to appointment.

Follow a hight protein/low carbohydrate diet.

Bring a driver if relaxants are used.

If you are diabetic please contact the PET department prior to the date of your exam for special instructions.

Wear warm and comfortable clothes that have no metal.

If you take steroids or diabetic medications please inform the PET department prior to the date of your PET exam.

If you have had any other exams in radiology within a 48 hour period prior to your PET exam please contact the PET department.

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