PET/CT scan

Learn about what’s happening inside your body with positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) at Montage Health’s Community Imaging Center.

What is PET/CT imaging?

PET/CT tests combine nuclear imaging with computed tomography.

PET measures blood flow, oxygen use, sugar metabolism, and other activities in the body. It reveals how well certain organs and tissues work. A CT scan shows the structure of those tissues and organs. Together, the two types of technology create the most detailed images possible, so you get an accurate diagnosis.

Why do I need a PET/CT scan?

PET/CT tests can help your doctor:

  • Detect cancer, see where it has spread, or check the success of cancer treatment
  • Examine blood flow to the heart or look for damage after a heart attack
  • Learn about brain tumors, memory disorders, seizures and other problems that affect the nervous system
  • Record normal brain and heart function

What to expect

Learn what to expect and how to prepare for a nuclear imaging test.

Getting test results

If you have an online MyChart account, you’ll likely see your test results in the patient portal within 24 hours. Your doctor will call to explain them and discuss next steps. Wait until you talk to your doctor before trying to understand what they mean.

Talk to your doctor

You’ll need a healthcare provider’s referral to receive radiology and imaging services from Montage Health. Once you have a doctor’s order, call (831) 649-7231 to schedule your test.

Sign up for MyChart

Manage your health easily and securely through our free MyChart patient portal. You can:

  • Access medical records, test results, and test prep instructions
  • Contact your care team
  • Get cost estimates
  • Pay bills

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Related locations

Choose an imaging location near you in Monterey County to see its available tests and hours of operation. Some locations offer convenient, extended hours for MRI and ultrasound exams.