F-18 Sodium Fluoride (NaF) PET Bone Scan Clinical Trial
Orange Regional Medical Center
707 East Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940
Sodium Flouride (NaF) PET Bone Scans are performed in the PET/CT Suite located at the Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road, Middletown, NY.
Who can participate in the Clinical Trial?
The clinical trial is open to all patients who have a valid physician prescription for a NaF PET Bone Scan. Orange Regional Medical Center contributes data to the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR). NOPR is collecting information about the usefulness of this procedure.
What is a Sodium Fluoride PET Bone Scan?
A F-18 Sodium Fluoride (NaF) PET or Bone Scan is a specific imaging procedure that is used to assess bone lesions to determine if they are cancerous. The F-18 Sodium Fluoride PET Bone Scans are more sensitive than traditional nuclear medicine Bone (tc-99m) Scans and are specific for evaluating metastatic bone cancer or cancerous bone disease. A F-18 Sodium Fluoride PET Bone Scan can provide information to your referring physician that can be used for planning and management of your care, as well as determining therapy and monitoring your progress.
Recent clinical studies have shown that Sodium Fluoride (F18-NaF) has proven to be a superior imaging agent in the diagnosis of bone metastasis. NaF bone scanning detects 45% more metastases in the spine as compared to standard bone scans.
What happens when I arrive for my scan?
When you arrive for your PET scan, you will be registered by our office personnel and taken to the PET Suite. There, a Technologist will ask you a series of questions regarding your medical history. Next, the Technologist will inject a small amount of radioactive "tracer" that will be distributed throughout your body. There are no side effects from this injection. Radioactive “tracers” must pass multiple quality control measures before it is used for any patient injection. The radiation exposure associated with PET is comparable to that of a conventional CT scan.
How does the PET procedure work?
After your injection, you will be asked to relax and remain relatively still for about an hour. Then, you will be asked to lie on a table called a scanning bed. The bed will move slowly through the scanner while it detects the injected tracer. Some people fall asleep during the scan. When the imaging procedure is complete, the scanner sends the resulting information to a computer. The computer generates numerous images that will be reviewed by a specially trained Radiologist. Your doctor will receive a report detailing the findings of your exam.
How long does the procedure take?
You can expect to be in the PET Suite for about two hours. The actual scan itself takes far less time and depends on the purpose and type of the study.
How do I schedule the procedure?
After you obtain the prescription from your physician, please call our Scheduling Department at 845-342-7120. Our scheduler will collect the necessary medical information and you will receive a follow up call from one of our Nuclear Medicine Technologists regarding your NaF PET Scan.
For additional information or to speak with a Technologist from our Nuclear Medicine Department, please call 845-333-1220.