PET Scan

  • 24 hours prior to your exam, limit your carbohydrate intake. Do NOT eat; Pasta, Potatoes, Rice, Bread, Cereal, Fruits, Sweets, Cakes, Soda (Limit diet soda to 1 or 2), Cough Drops, Cough Medicine, Mints, Gum.
  • Limit artificial sweeteners to 1 to 2 servings the day before your study.
  • Limit Milk to 1 or 2 glasses the day before your study.
  • Do NOT eat for 6 hours prior to your test, but you may drink up to 8 ounces of water.

If you are Diabetic and scheduled BEFORE NOON, do not eat after midnight, but you may drink up to 8 ounces of water. If you are on oral hypoglycemic medication or insulin, do not take your morning dose until the test is completed. If you are scheduled AFTERNOON, you can eat breakfast and take your regular morning dose of diabetic medication, however, do not eat or drink anything for at least six hours prior to the PET scan. Try to limit high carbohydrate containing foods for breakfast such as cereal, juice, milk, etc. Eat non-carbohydrate items including eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. It is preferable for someone to drive you to and from testing. Please also carry a candy bar, which can be used in case of hypoglycemia.