Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)

What is PET/CT?

Positron emission tomography (PET) images provide information about tissue and organ function. computed tomography (CT) images contain information about soft tissue and bones. PET/CT combines a PET scanner and a CT scanner in a single powerful, accurate imaging system. Learn more about PET/CT.

Where is the Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center located?

We are located on the north side of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto campus.

Where should I park?

Park in the lot by the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. This parking lot is located on the north side of campus. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • Tell us if you are diabetic:
    • Your blood sugar must be lower than 200.
    • If you have an insulin pump, turn it off four hours before your exam.
  • Do not exercise for 24 hours before the exam.
  • Do not chew gum or eat mints or candy on the day of your exam.
  • Do not eat or drink anything other than water for four hours before the exam.
  • Four hours before the exam, drink two glasses of water.
  • Unless instructed otherwise, take your prescribed medications on the day of your exam.
  • Wear warm, comfortable clothing without zippers or any metal parts.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • The technologist will inject you will with a small dose of
  • radiopharmaceutical. Afterward, you will wait for 60-90 minutes. This waiting period allows the radiopharmaceutical to move through your body and collect in your organs and tissues.
  • During the scan, you will lie still for 20-40 minutes. (Scan time depends on your size.)
  • The technologist will check on you during the scan.

What happens after the exam?

  • You will need to stay well hydrated.
  • Although radiopharmaceuticals have don't remain in your system for long, you should limit any time spent with infants and pregnant women for the 24 hours after your exam.
  • A radiologist will interpret your study.
  • The exam results will be sent to your referring health care provider to discuss with you.

Whom do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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