• How long does it take to get PET scan results. we are waiting to see if the breast cancer has spread to my moms lungs

    Asked by Suehendo on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    How long does it take to get PET scan results. we are waiting to see if the breast cancer has spread to my moms lungs

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      That depends on the facility that does the PetScan. Where I go I have the test done, and by the time I get to my Dr's office upstairs he has the scan on the computer. Other places it can take up to a week to get the scan read by someone.

      over 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, my name is Carm, and I am an oncology nurse. Typically radiologists read PETS within 24 hours. But they are read in order of importance. If a doc orders a stat read, those are done first. If another doc wants a read before it is done they will ask for a wet read and the radiologist will put the film up and give a verbal read before a summary report is typed up. If the patient knows how to read the report (which is actually easy) the patient can go to the medical record department and get a copy for the price of whatever they charge to make a copy. It is actually the property of the patients so they have every right to it. If you should need instructions on how to read one, i'm here to help. Good luck, Carm.

      over 5 years ago
    • ConnieB's Avatar

      I think I had results within a week to 10 days.

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      PET scans are available as they are being done. However, a PET scan alone cannot diagnose cancer metastasis. A PET scan shows areas of increased metabolic activity, which MAY indicate cancer, but could also indicate a lot of other things such as any type of infection or inflammation. Conversely, the lack of a high level of activity does not conclusively rule out cancer since the cancer might not yet be causing inflammation or because the patient's metabolic system is not responding to the inflammation appropriately. In any case, making a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer is a bit more involves than just having a radiologist circle the the hot spots on a PET scan. It may take more time and more tests for a conclusive diagnosis.

      over 5 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      In my experience 1-2 days. I guess by the other responses you can assume it's different depending on facility, doctors orders, etc. Last time I went in for a scan I asked them how long it would take. They told me they would have results that same day but my doc would have them in 1-2 days. I didn't have the appointment with my doc to review results until a week later so it didn't matter.

      over 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      With me, it was a couple of hours. I had a PET Scan done at 6:30 AM and was scheduled to see my Oncologist at 10:00 AM. He had the results ready to go. The PET Scan isn't 100% but it's a pretty good indicator.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Where I'm treated the results of all tests can be avilable with in a few hours or the next day, but the oncologist has to put in an expedited request for that, otherwise it takes 24-48 hours to get to the doctor. I can access the results of most tests (blood work, EKGs, etc as well) online via HealthVault within a week or two.

      over 5 years ago
    • TinaJacques' Avatar

      I have friends that get theirs the same day but mine take about a week! depends on the facility! Good luck! xox

      over 5 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      It does depend on the facility and if your doctor is in the same building, but in my experience, they do read them by matter of importance, and if it is something urgent, you should get the results quickly. I always breathed easier the 2nd day after my test if I hadn't heard from the doctor.

      over 5 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Hi Sue,

      It has been awhile. I hope your mom is doing well. I saw this post and thought it might help should your mom need another PET scan.



      almost 5 years ago

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