Cancer throws the cell-formation processes within the body out of kilter. The body’s own cells become malignant, multiply quicker and exhibit an increased metabolism. When a cancer therapy is successful, this adverse biological activity is reduced. Images from a PET-CT make it possible to determine whether cancer therapy is effective or not.
About the appointment
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- F‑18 FDG: This stands for F‑18 deoxyglucose and consists of a radioactive fluorine-marked dextrose molecule, which accumulates in pathological cells as cancer cells exhibit increased dextrose consumption. In cancer diagnostics, this tracer is often used for head and neck tumours.
- F‑18 CHOLINE: We use this special tracer for the clarification of parathyroid adenomas in case of hyperparathyroidism.
- F‑18 DOPA: This tracer is primarily used for the clarification of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), for phaeochromocytomas/paragangliomas as well as in case of suspected congenital hyperinsulinaemia.
- F‑18 VIZAMYL: Biochemical properties of the brain can be visualised with a PET scan, for example in order to clarify a dementia diagnosis. Plaque deposits – which are typical for Alzheimer’s disease – can be visualised at an early stage by means of a radioactive substance. The disease can be confirmed or excluded based on the beta-amyloid protein.
- F‑18 FET: For brain tumours such as gliomas, F18-FET delivers excellent results and is critically important for the imaging process of these rare tumours.
- Please bring any previous findings and images to your examination.
- Please arrive at the examination nil by mouth. You should have had your last meal the night before the examination.
- 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.
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.//