Patient Responsibilities

The following are your patient responsibilities, which can also be downloaded as a PDF:

  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time to allow for the completion of your registration paperwork.
  • Stay NPO for six hours prior to your scheduled time. This means eating or drinking nothing except plain water, this includes non sugar-free gum and candies. Most medications can still be taken as long as they can be safely taken on an empty stomach. If you have any questions about whether a particular medication may cause problems with your scan please call 215-662-7662, if you are scheduled for a PET scan, or 215-662-3051, if you are scheduled for any other Nuclear Medicine scan.
  • Speak to your doctor prior to your PET scan about an anti-anxiety medication if you are claustrophobic.