Patient Resources

Patient Resources Index


What to Expect


PET and PET/CT Scan Preparation:
  • Upon arrival you will complete some administrative paperwork.
  • You will be asked to drink an 18 oz. bottle of water.
  • The technologist will take you to a prep room and explain the PET scan in detail. Please notify the technologist if you are pregnant.
  • The technologist will start an I.V. of normal saline.
  • You will receive an injection of a small amount of radioactive sugar
  • You will relax on a bed for 90 minutes. During this time you will get a small amount of a diuretic through your I.V.. After 90 minutes, the PET scan will begin. During the scan you will be asked to lie flat on your back for 1 hour. Many patients relax enough to fall asleep during the scan.

PET/CT Scan:

  • Upon arrival you will complete some administrative paperwork.
  • You will be asked to drink an 18 oz. bottle of water.
  • The technologist will take you to a prep room and explain the PET scan in detail. Please notify the technologist if you are pregnant.
  • The technologist will start an I.V. of normal saline.
  • You will receive an injection of a small amount of radioactive sugar
  • You will relax on a bed for 90 minutes. During this time you will get a small amount of a diuretic through your I.V..
  • You will also be asked to drink some water that contains a small amount of x-ray dye. Please notify the technologist if you are allergic to iodine or CT dye.
  • After 90 minutes, the PET scan will begin. During the scan you will be asked to lie flat on your back for 45 minutes. Many patients relax enough to fall asleep during the scan.

Scheduling


We will need to be contacted by your doctor before we can proceed. As soon as we hear from you’re your doctor, someone from the PET Center will contact you to discuss specific preparation instructions before your appointment and explain the following patient prep Information.

Prep for Your Scan


  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight except water
  • Be on time for your appointment
  • If you are unable to make your appointment, please contact our office 24 hours in advance of your appointment
  • No cigarettes or chewing tobacco or the like the day of your scan
  • No cough drops, breath mints, chewing gum or the like, not even “sugar free”
  • You may take medications unless they are labeled to be taken only with food or are in syrup form
  • Wear warm, comfortable clothing; no zippers or other metal on clothing; no underwire bra
  • Unless you are diabetic, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time
  • If you are diabetic, please contact our office for further instructions at (318) 675-4040
  • No children in waiting area due to length of procedure (three hours)

Please note: no one is in the office before 7:00 a.m.

Failure to follow these instructions may make it necessary to
reschedule your scan

Driving Directions


Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana
Positron Emission Tomography (P.E.T.) Imaging Center
1505 KINGS HIGHWAY
Shreveport, LA 71103
Tel: (318) 675-4000
Toll Free: (888) 685-1152

Printable Driving Directions.pdf

Directions:

The PET Imaging Center is located on the ground floor of the Virginia K. Shehee Biomedical Research Institute, which is located on the campus of LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Take I-20 or I-49 to the King Highway exit and drive west toward the LSU Health Shreveport campus. Turn left after the Feist Weiller Cancer Center and proceed to the end of the drive. Turn right into private lot in front of Biomedical Research Institute. Pull up to the gate and press button marked ” PET CENTER ” on the panel outside your driver’s window. We will open the gate for you after speaking with you via intercom. Please park in a “Patient” designated parking spot. Enter the PET Imaging Center from the south side plaza along the walk on the left side of the building. We are on the right side as you enter the atrium.  Click on “printable driving directions” above for more details and pictures to help you locate our center.

Parking & Building Entry Instructions
1. From Medical School Drive, drive under the crosswalk and continue forward until you are forced to turn left (into a parking lot) or right. Turn right and continue with a right u-turn into the parking lot in from of our building, the Virginia K Shehee Biomedical Research Institute. It is a 10-story building.
2. When you turn right into the parking lot there will be a gate; please press the middle button labeled “PET Center”. A receptionist will open the gate for you.
3. Park and walk down the sidewalk on the left (South side) of the building (do not enter the double doors on the front of the building). Instead, walk up the South side of the building and at the end of the sidewalk there will be glass doors on your right. Enter those doors and look immediately to your right. On the wall in large letters it says Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Center. Enter our reception area through the wood door to the left of that signage.

Insurance Coverage and Billing


If you have health insurance we will file the claim for your PET scan. However, some carriers, including Medicare, do not cover PET studies for all indications (a non-covered diagnosis; See also “Medicare” for complete coverage information), or the carrier may not pay 100% of the claim. We will make every effort to maximize coverage, but you are ultimately responsible for payment.

If you do not have insurance coverage, it will be necessary for you to work out payment arrangements with our office before your appointment.

Whether you have insurance or not, we will happily discuss our financial hardship assistance program with you if you feel you are unable to pay the balance on your account.