Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans

Nuclear Medicine Solutions in NJ

Positron emission tomography scans (or "PET scans") are nuclear medicine procedures that involve introducing radiotracers into the body of a patient so that specially calibrated cameras can capture images of patient's organs. PET scans are used to monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of critical body functions.

PET scans offer our doctors insight into a patient's:

  • Blood flow
  • Organ function
  • Metabolism (glucose processing)
  • Oxygen use

PET scans are often used to detect:

  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Heart disease

What You Can Expect

When you arrive at your PET scan appointment, you will review any necessary preparations that were previously provided to you with our staff. PET scans require approximately six hours of fasting beforehand and abstaining from caffeine and alcohol for a full day prior to the scan. Your doctor and your radiologist may also discuss other important factors (such as recent pregnancy or existing health concerns) that could affect your PET scan.

Once you are ready to proceed with your scan, radiotracers will be introduced intravenously (IV). These tracers will be drawn throughout your body, including the areas where doctors need to see into.

The patient then lies on a table where a large, doughnut-shaped scanner can move across the patient's body. This scanner contains the camera technology that will produce the images for your PET scan.

PET scans can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a half an hour depending on the patient's needs. Our friendly, knowledgeable radiology staff is ready to answer your questions and walk you through your procedure with us.

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
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Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at RWJUH
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200
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RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7700
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Howell
4013 Route 9
Suite 2S
Howell, NJ 07731
(732) 923-7700
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Colts Neck
310 Route 34 South
Second Floor
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
(732) 923-7700
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Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center
377 Jersey Avenue
Ground Floor, Medical Office Building
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(877) 393-5374
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RWJ Hamilton Diagnostic & Treatment Center
1 Sheffield Drive
Suite 202
Columbus, NJ 08022
(609) 584-6640
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Monmouth Medical Center Laboratory and Diagnostic X-Ray Services
1910 Highway 35 South
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
(732) 775-1024
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Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center Laboratory Patient Service Center - Livingston
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7194
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Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7000
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Care Connection at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
4th floor
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 499-6460
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New Jersey Imaging Network (NJIN) of Hackensack
385 Prospect Ave
1st Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 488-4808
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New Jersey Imaging Network (NJIN) of Belleville
36 Newark Avenue
Suite 100
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 844-4170
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New Jersey Imaging Network (NJIN) of Union City
3196 Kennedy Boulevard
3rd Floor
Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 865-6100
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New Jersey Imaging Network (NJIN) of West Orange
772 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 325-0002
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New Jersey Imaging Network (NJIN) of Union - Women's Imaging
2770 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 687-6054
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New Jersey Imaging Network (NJIN) of Randolph
121 Center Grove Rd
Suite 7
Randolph, NJ 07869
(800) 930-6759
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New Jersey Imaging Network (NJIN) of Union
445 Chestnut St
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 687-6054
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New Jersey Imaging Network (NJIN) of Toms River - East
21 Stockton Dr
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 286-6333
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The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
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