PET CT

How to Prepare for Your Fluciclovine Scan

IMPORTANT: Due to the rapidly changing coronavirus COVID-19 situation, please review this information before visiting any Lifespan facility or outpatient practice for an appointment or procedure. If needed, please call 401-444-7777 to reschedule your appointment.

If at all possible, avoid unnecessary or prolonged contact with young children and pregnant women for eight hours after your scan has been completed.

The Day Before Your Fluciclovine Scan

Please avoid all forms of strenuous exercise and/or physical activity.

It is important that you stay well hydrated. Unless you are on fluid restriction, please drink at least eight glasses of plain water.

The day before your test take all your usual medications.

Avoid all caffeine and decaffeinated beverages for 24 hours prior to exam.

On the Day of Your Fluciclovine PET/CT Scan

On the day of your test, take all your usual medications.

Twelve hours before your appointment, use no nicotine products (including nicotine patches and cigarettes). 

Six hours before your appointment, do not eat or drink anything other than plain water. 

Do not use chewing gum of any kind (including sugarless), no hard candies or throat lozenges of any kind (including sugarless), no tube feedings, no flavored water, and no medication that is flavored or chewable (e.g., cherry Tylenol).

Unless you are on fluid restriction, please drink at least 2 glasses of plain water prior to your appointment.

Try to stay warm on the day of your scan.  If possible, do not wear clothing with belts, zippers, snaps or metal of any kind. 

If you have favorite music, please bring it with you to listen to while your scan is going on.

What to Expect the Day of Your Fluciclovine Scan

The technologist will escort you to the injection room and go over your detailed history.

Next, as long as you have followed the prior instructions, the technologist will proceed and start an intravenous line and administer the radiopharmaceutical injection.

You will be asked to empty your bladder.

Your PET/CT scan will start immediately after the injection and last approximately 35 to 40 minutes.

Please Note: If you have not followed the specific instructions prior to your test (exercise, fasting, etc.)  Your scan will need to be rescheduled.

After Your Fluciclovine Scan

For several hours following your scan, continue to hydrate to help the radiopharmaceutical contrast pass out of your body.

What to expect the day of your PET/CT scan

How PET CT works