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St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT

PET / CT Scans

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PET Scans at St. Vincent's Medical CenterBy definition, a PET/CT (positron emission tomography/ computerized tomography) scan requires a safe, small amount of radioactive material (tracer) be given intravenously  (by IV), usually in the arm.

The tracer travels through your blood and collects in organs and tissues, allowing the radiologist see certain areas or diseases more clearly.

As the subject being scanned, you will be asked to rest quite still on a platform. This platform then slides into a large, tunnel-like scanner. It's important that you remain as still as possible as movement can blur the images produced and cause errors.

The PET/CT scanner detects signals from the tracer and these are interpreted by a computer and displayed as 3-D pictures on the screen for your physician to read. How long the test will take depends on which part of your body is being scanned.

PET / CT Scan Services

Safe and skilled PET/CT scanning in our state-of-the-art St. Vincent’s Radiology department is available as follows:


  • breast 
  • colorectal
  • esophageal 
  • head/neck 
  • lung
    • small-cell
    • non-small cell    
  • melanoma 
  • myeloma 
  • thyroid
  • ovary


St. Vincent’s Department of Radiology excels in offering the most up-to-date scanning services. Our radiologists and technical and support staff are trained in leading-edge technologies and maintain best-practices standards. They are able to provide immediate comprehensive inpatient imaging services 24 hours a day in Radiology’s pristine, comfortable setting.

Widely respected in the region as a vital community resource, St. Vincent’s Department of Radiology has earned multi-modality accreditations by the American College of Radiology (ACR).For outpatient services at Radiology, call (203) 576-5917. A testing availability schedule may be viewed on our Appointments page.

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