Metabolically active bone areas can be visualised with F‑18 FLUORIDE. This tracer is used for F‑18-FDG-negative bone metastases.
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Visualising metabolically active bone areas
How F-18 FLUORIDE works
Illnesses of the skeletal system can be accompanied by changes in bone metabolism. F‑18 FLUORIDE makes it possible to visualise metabolically active bone areas. This tracer is available to us for F‑18 FDG-negative bone metastases.
For a FLUORIDE PET-CT, radioactively labelled sodium fluoride is used, which integrates itself like phosphate and calcium in the bone matrix so that metabolically active bone areas can be visualised.
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Requirements for an F-18 FLUORIDE PET-CT
- Examination costs are not covered by statutory health insurers. Some private health insurers cover parts of the costs, and you should certainly submit our fee note to your private health insurer.
- An individual tracer is produced for your examination depending on the medical condition.
- If you are unable to keep the appointment, we would like to ask you to inform us at the latest by noon on the previous day; a cancellation fee will otherwise be charged.
- Please bring any previous findings and images to your examination.
- No special preparation is required in advance. You may eat a small breakfast on the examination day.
- Drink plenty of water one hour before the examination.
- A possible pregnancy must be ruled out.
- Please inform us while making the appointment if you are a nursing mother so that we can discuss the further procedure with you.
- Contact with pregnant women and toddlers should be avoided on the day of the examination.
Procedure for a FLUORIDE PET-CT
- We inject a small dose of radioactive tracer substance that has been specifically prepared for your examination.
- Once the tracer has been injected, you are required to wait 60 minutes in a lying position in order for the tracer to distribute and reach a proper concentration within the body.
- The scanning process takes about 30 minutes.
- You should drink plenty of liquids post-examination in order to accelerate the excretion of the tracer.
- Please let us know if you suffer from claustrophobia.
Possible side effects
- The injection of the radioactive tracer is not expected to cause any side effects.
Costs & reimbursement
PET-CTs are currently not listed within the benefits catalogue of statutory health insurers and therefore only covered through private health insurance.
Our fee notes can be submitted in any case to all private health insurers that cover outpatient services.
Various tracers are used depending on the condition. We will gladly inform you about the costs during a personal consultation.
We ask you to, at the latest, cancel your appointment at noon on the day before the examination since tracers are specifically prepared for each examination.
A cancellation fee is charged in case of late appointment cancellation or if the examination cannot be performed.//