Indications for the PET-CT
The PET-CT is used mainly in oncological conditions as well as in some cardiologic and neurological conditions.
In oncology the examination enables:
- The early identification of neoplastic lesions
- An assessment of the progression of the neoplasm
- Precise treatment planning (e.g. radiotherapy)
- Precise pre-surgery planning (accurate determination of the spread of the tumour)
- The monitoring of treatment
- The early evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment
- The fastest possible detection of any recurrence of neoplastic disease
- The costs of the examination are reimbursed by the NFZ in strictly described cases as listed in the referral letter. In other clinical indications it is possible for the PET-CT scan to be performed against payment.
Contraindications against the PET-CT scan
- Pregnancy or no possibility of ruling out the patient’s pregnancy
- Breastfeeding poses some limitations for the examination - it is advisable to stop breastfeeding for 12 hours after administration of the radiotracer, and the first lot of milk produced after the procedure should not be given to the child
- Blood glucose level above 200 mg%
- No clinical indications for the examination
- Improper preparation of the patient for the PET-CT scan
- The scan should not be performed immediately after or during radiotherapy, chemotherapy, after endoscopic examinations, operations, and biopsies, excluding individual cases as prescribed by the physician.