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Pet scan

Swans r us
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Is there plenty of room in a pet scanner I'm a bit wary of it being to tight hate being closed in


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Hi  and welcome to the Online Community, although I am sorry to see you finding us.

These scanner machines are fine, think laying flat on a table and going through a big doughnut..... you are not enclosed like a MRI scan..... you will do great.

You don’t say what type of condition you are being scanned for but we have lots of Cancer specific  support groups where you will connect with people who understand the journey you are on. You can ask the folks questions about tests, treatments and what to expect during the months ahead.

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All the very best.

Mike - Thehighlander

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Hi and welcome to the community. It is understandable you are a bit wary of the scanner, but it is a painless procedure and once you get used to it, it can be a relaxing experience. Although you are enclosed, there is enough space around you so as not to feel uncomfortable. The staff are usually very reassuring, and although you are in there on your own, they can see and hear you. Cancer research UK have produced a good youtube video which will give you an idea of what to expect if you click HERE. Also, if you let us know what you are being treated for, we can point you to a group where others will be going through the same and will be able to share experiences. Best wishes. 

Best wishes to All,   rily.  What is a Community Champion ?

Swans r us
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Thank you highlander I feel much better knowing a bit more about it sorry I'm not very good with computers and phones bit I will do my best to keep in touch cheers


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The morning i was due to go for a PET scan i had myself in a right state, like you i was scared it was enclosed and that i wouldn't be able to do it. While sobbing on the end of my bed my son came in and asked what was wrong. I told him, he disappeared for a few minutes then came in with a You Tube video of a PET scan. Immediately i felt so much better, i also told the nurse my anxieties once i arrived at the hospital and she offered to show me the scanner before i went in. It is more like a CT scan than a MRI.

Good Luck x 

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