ACCREDITED BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY

SERVING OUR PATIENTS

WITH TWO LOCATIONS

PINELLAS PARK

6600 66th Street N Ste B

Pinellas Park FL 33781

(727) 544-1001

TAMPA

10010 N Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 160

Tampa FL 33618

(813) 264-7176

AXUMIN

 

WHAT IS AN AXUMIN?

Axumin is an FDA-approved diagnostic imaging agent, also known as a "tracer," which may help your physician determine if and where your prostate cancer has returned.  

Like many imaging tracer, Axumin includes a radioactive element (fluorine 18) which is used to produce images of your body and its internal organs and tissues. 

BEFORE YOUR AXUMIN EXAM

You will receive a phone call 1-2 days before your exam to review preparation instructions and address any questions you may have.

 

After your arrival, you will be escorted to one of our private patient rooms, and a technologist will review your exam with you. We will ask you questions about your medical history and any past exams. You will receive an injection of a small amount of a radiopharmaceutical. This radiopharmaceutical will lose its radioactivity very quickly. In all cases, little or no radioactivity will remain in your body more than a few hours after your exam.

DURING YOUR AXUMIN EXAM

You will lie on a comfortable padded table. The table will move slowly through the tube-shaped PET/CT scanner as it acquires the information needed to generate diagnostic images. You will be asked to lie very still during the scan because movement can interfere with the results. During the scan,  you  might  hear a humming  noise, but you will  not feel  anything  unusual.  You may feel  the table  move  while images  are  being taken at certain on your body. The technologist will have

AFTER YOUR AXUMIN EXAM

After consulting with the PET/CT technologist, you may leave. Unless you have received special instructions, you will be able to eat and drink immediately. There are no restrictions from driving under normal circumstances.

 

The radiologist will carefully review the images from your Axumin exam and send a full report of the findings to your doctor, who will then discuss the findings with you.

you in full view during the exam and will be able to answer any questions you might have.

The exam should last approximately 30 minutes.  Plan to spend approximately 1 1/2 hours with us.

AXUMIN EXAM PREPARATION

Do not eat or drink anything except water for 4-6 hours before your exam because it could interfere with the results; don't even chew gum.

If you take medications, drink only water to swallow them.

If you have been advised not to take your medications on an empty stomach, you may eat a few crackers with your medications 4-6 hours before your exam.

If you are diabetic, let us know ahead of time so we can work with your physician to determine the safest possible way for you to prepare for your exam.

If you feel feverish, please call this to our attention.

If you feel feverish, please call this to our attention.

Please let us know if you might be pregnant or are currently breast feeding.

Please bring copies of your most recent films and reports with you to the exam. They will be returned after the radiologist has reviewed them.

We will not share your information with any third parties, and we will only send information about diagnostic imaging.