The scan comprises of two parts – a PET scan and a CT scan, which is fused together to make a 3D image, therefore two specialists – a Nuclear Medicine Physician and a Radiologist sit together as a panel to view and discuss the images after it has been processed by the radiographer. It is not possible to do a quick analysis of the image. It is a time consuming process done with the greatest care and in detail by experienced and highly qualified specialists. The doctor at the PET centre will therefore NOT give you your results immediately after the scan has been completed.
The radiographer can only check the image quality to see whether any movement by the patient caused disturbance of the image. Radiographers cannot give you any indication what the scan results will be.
The results of the scan will be available by the next work day at 12.