St. James’s Private Radiology
James's St, Dublin 8
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
PET - CT
St James’s has the busiest PET-CT scanner in Ireland and performs almost 3,500 studies per year. The hospital is the country’s largest cancer centre and the PET-CT scanner plays a crucial role in imaging these patients. Dr Ciaran Johnston is the director of the PET centre and all imaging is reported by 1 of our 4 PET-CT trained Consultants. Consultant referral is required and all insurance providers prove direct billing for St James’s.
A PET/CT scan is an imaging procedure that combines two scanning tests in one examination; a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan and a Computed Tomography (CT) scan. A radioactive glucose injection (F-18) is given to a patient and a PET scanner detects the radiation emitted. These images are fused with the CT images to give a detailed anatomical and functional study. Occasionally, the use of oral or intravenous contrast may be necessary.
PET/CT is mainly used for the diagnosis and staging of cancers. It may also be used to evaluate the different causes of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease.
Please visit our dedicated PET-CT website for more information on the link below.
Most PET-CT scans can be facilitated within a week of referral however all PET-CTs require pre-approval from your insurance provider which can delay appointments (and is beyond our control). A referral letter from your doctor is required at the time of booking. To make an appointment please see our contacts page.