Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois Imaging Services department provides PET/CT Scans, CT Scans, Bone Densitometry Testing, & Detectnet Scans. We utilize the latest technology to analyze, measure and determine activity and extent of tumors, to guide and inform our physicians during your course of treatment.
Patients who are scheduled for one or more of our imaging services are encouraged to read more below to properly prepare for their imaging appointment.
PET/CT with FDG Prep
This is a study using the latest technology of the CT scan in combination with the PET scan in one procedure. The physician orders the CT scan to analyze the anatomy of a tumor, such as taking measurements and determining the location, number of tumors, and how close a tumor is to vital organs.
The PET scan, on the other hand, determines the activity of a tumor, the likelihood of a mass to be cancer, and the extent of spread of a cancer. This study is done primarily in patients suspected of or having been diagnosed with some form of cancer.
If your physician has scheduled a PET/CT Scan with FDG Prep for you, please read our PET/CT Scan with FDG Prep Guide:
PET/CT with Detectnet Prep
Detectnet is a radioactive “tracer” or isotope specific to imaging somatostatin receptor positive neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) or carcinoid tumors in adult patients.
If your physician has scheduled a PET/CT Scan with Detectnet for you, please read our PET/CT with Detectnet Prep Guide:
PET/CT with Pylarify Prep
PYLARIFY® (piflufolastat F 18) is an advanced diagnostic radioactive imaging agent used with PET/CT scans to find tumors in the prostate, lymph nodes, bones, and other organs, typically better than other types of imaging scans. PYLARIFY is designed to detect prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positive lesions.
If your physician has scheduled a PET/CT Scan with Pylarify for you, please read our PET/CT with Pylarify Prep Guide:
The physician orders the CT scan to analyze the anatomy of a tumor, such as taking measurements and determining the location, number of tumors, and how close a tumor is to vital organs.
If your physician has scheduled a CT Scan for you, please read our CT Scan Prep Guide:
Bone Densitometry (DEXA)
This is a test ordered by the physician to measure the strength of the bone structure including the spine, both hips and thigh bones. This test is intended to determine the need for treatment of osteoporosis (or porous bones) and to prevent or minimize the occurrence of bone fractures.
Patients who should have this test done primarily include postmenopausal women and elderly men, especially if they have experience compression fractures of the spine. Patients undergoing anti-hormone treatments for their cancer (such as prostate or breast cancer) should also undergo this study. Medicare and most private insurances allow the study to be done once every two years.
If your physician has scheduled a Bone Densitometry Test for you, please read our Bone Densitometry Prep Guide:
Please call the Imaging Department with any questions.
- Decatur (217) 876-6600 ext.: 7
- Effingham (217) 342-2066
- O’Fallon (618) 416-7970