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PET/CT Scan (Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography) LMH Services

PET/CT Scan (Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography)

PET/CT Scan (Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography)PET and CT scans are both standard imaging tools that physicians use to pinpoint disease states in the body. The PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the body’s anatomy such as size, shape, and location. By combining these two technologies, physicians can more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease, and brain disorders.

A mobile Siemens PET/CT scanner services the hospital one day per week.


  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or if you are a nursing mother.
  • Wear comfortable clothing in layers
  • Tell your doctor and technologist if you are diabetic.
  • Wear your hearing aid, glasses, and dentures to the PET center; however, leave your valuables at home.
  • Take any prescribed medications on the day of your test unless instructed differently by your doctor.
  • Do not eat for at least 4 hours before your scan.
  • Drink 24-30 ounces of water over two hours before the scan. Black decaffeinated coffee (no cream, no sugar) is acceptable along with water.

Patients scheduled for a PET/CT exam are required to register in the Laughlin Center for Outpatient Care (“Outpatient Center”). The Center for Outpatient Care is located behind the main hospital, off Old Tusculum Road.

Results of Exam
A radiologist will interpret your exam and a transcribed report will be sent to the ordering physician as quickly as possible.

Requesting Films
If your physician requested you to bring your images to your next office visit, please mention this to the radiology staff, and a CD will be ready for you shortly after your exam.

If anytime after your exam a physician asks you to bring your study images to your office visit, please call the Radiology department at (423) 787-5100 at least 24-hours in advance and a CD will be prepared for you to pick up. CD’s can also be mailed to your physician. Images going to a Wellmont or Mountain States Health Alliance facility can be sent electronically, eliminating the need for a CD. The corresponding radiologist’s report will also be on the CD. If you need a paper copy of the report, this must be requested and obtained from the Health Information Management department (formerly “Medical Records department”) on the 1st floor of the hospital.

Medical Professionals interested in our current imaging equipment click here.