North Shore P.E.T. Imaging Center offers P.E.T. imaging services on the North Shore to patients and physicians. This service is offered on the campus of Beverly Hospital in a mobile setting. Service is currently offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
P.E.T. Imaging studies will be interpreted by radiologists from Beverly Radiology Associates and Commonwealth Radiology Associates trained in the interpretation of P.E.T. scans.
Appointments for P.E.T. scans can be made by contacting our P.E.T. scheduling line at 978-573-3169.
The basic principle behind PET scanningfunctional imagingrequires that information about the general health and status of the patient be gathered.
- Diseases, infections, or surgeries can affect the use of glucose in tissues, so it is important that the PET physician has access to information about the patient. Progress notes and a recent history and physical is usually sufficient.
- Patients with diabetes can have a PET scanthe FDG does not affect blood glucose levels. It is very important that the PET center know that the patient is a diabetic for optimal scheduling and patient preparation. Diabetic patients must have good control of their blood glucose levels at the time of the PET scan for optimal results.
- Because the PET scan provides a picture of the “function” of cells and tissues in the body, it is often important that anatomic imaging studies (like CT, MR or x-rays) be available for comparison during the interpretation of the PET scan.