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Thompson Cancer Survival Center PET Imaging departments prioritize patients by delivering the best care using advanced technologies.

What to expect at your PET Scan appointment:

  1. Please, arrive at your appointment at the requested time and complete your check-in paperwork.
  2. A PET team member will take you to a private room to administer the PET tracer (the substance used in the scan) through your IV.
  3. You will wait in a private room with a recliner for 1 hour to allow the tracer to circulate through your system.
  4. A PET Technologist will take you to the imaging room where you will lay on your back on the PET scan table with your arms above your head. We will place a pillow under your knees for comfort. The scan takes 12 – 24 minutes. We will be able to see and hear you at all times.
  5. After your scan is complete, you are finished and can go about your day normally.
  6. We recommend bringing a snack and drink to have after your scan is finished.

PRE-PET NUTRITION: 

Low Carb Diet Suggestions 

Foods to AVOID:

 
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages

  • Fast food

  • Bread, pasta, rice

  • Cake, cookies, candy

Foods to Enjoy:

 
  • Almonds and walnuts

  • Cheese

  • Eggs

  • Fish 

  • Meat (chicken, pork, beef, lamb)

  • Non-starchy vegetables:

    • (Spinach, asparagus, cucumber, green bell pepper, zucchini, cabbage, salad greens, eggplant)

Low Carb Snack Ideas:

• 3 celery sticks + 1 tablespoon peanut butter
• 5 cherry tomatoes + 1 tablespoon ranch dressing
• 1 cup cucumber slices + 1 tablespoon ranch dressing
• 1 cup salad greens + 1/2 cup diced cucumber + drizzle of vinegar and oil
• 1 hard-boiled egg
• 5 baby carrots
• 1 string cheese stick
• 3/4 cup light popcorn
• 10 goldfish crackers
• 1 cup sugar-free gelatin
• 1 frozen sugar-free popsicle


Thompson PET Imaging Centers

Downtown Knoxville
a department of Fort Sanders Regional
1915 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37916
(865) 331-1492

West Knoxville
a department of Parkwest Medical Center
9711 Sherrill Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37932 
(865) 373-5070

Sevierville
a department of LeConte Medical Center
710 Middle Creek Road
Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 446-9008