Mobile PET/CT Scanning - Singleton Hospital - Swansea - South Wales.


Singleton Hospital

A Nuclear Medicine first for Swansea and South West Wales



Information for Patients

A Guide to your 18F-PSMA PET/CT Scan

Your referring specialist has decided that you should have a PET/CT scan as part of your care at this hospital. This is an extremely beneficial procedure as it provides a lot of very useful information that will help decide the type of treatment you may need.

This page contains important information about the procedure, as well as some things that you will need to know and do beforehand. This will help us to ensure that everything runs smoothly for you and you get the best from your scan.

Read this page carefully and if there are any questions or concerns please telephone the department on 01792 517 965.

PET/CT Scanning Swansea

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Patient Information & Guidance - 18F-PSMA PET/CT Scan.

What is an 18F-PSMA PET/CT scan?

A PET/CT scan is made up of two scan types or ‘imaging’:

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) uses very small amounts of a radioactive tracer (18F-PSMA) which, once injected into one of your veins, can be seen on the scan and show how parts of your body are functioning.

CT (Computed Tomography) uses X-rays to produce images of the different density or thickness of organs in your body.

By combining these two images, a PET/CT scan can show how well certain parts of your body are working, as well as showing what they look like. You get a very detailed and accurate internal picture which a referring specialist can use to help diagnose and, if necessary, decide the most effective treatment.

PET/CT scans are particularly helpful for investigating confirmed cases of cancer, to see how far the cancer has spread and how well it is responding to treatment.

Important Information

  1. If you are on dialysis treatment, please contact the department (unless you have already discussed this with us).
  2. Please do not give blood or urine samples during the first 24 hours following your PET/CT scan appointment.
  3. Continue with any medication that has been prescribed for you.
  4. Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  5. Keep warm for 12 hours before your appointment, and bring some warm clothes with you.
  6. Arrive at the department promptly at the time and date given on the front of this leaflet.
  7. Upon arrival, report to the PET/CT reception desk. A map of the hospital is shown on the bottom of this page.
  8. If you are given a sedative, you will be asked not to drive for 24 hours following your scan. Please make sure that you have planned how you will get home.

Please be aware that we can sometimes experience technical difficulties with the scanner or the injection (which is manufactured off-site). On these rare occasions, we will inform you as soon as possible and we will arrange a new appointment with you.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your appointment, please contact us on 01792 517 965 or alternatively on 01792 285 295.

Arriving For Your Scan

Singleton Hospital - Mobile PET/CT Scanning - Parking and Location Map

Your Feedback

You will be asked to complete a “Friends and Family” questionnaire following your scan. We want to provide the best care possible to all our patients so would very much like to hear from you about your experience – things that we did well, and areas where we could improve. If you have any concerns about your experience you can also speak directly with a member of the team.

You can provide your comments by:

  1. Using the “Contact” form on our website: Click here to provide your comments using the contact form on our website
  2. Contacting our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) via telephone 01792 205666, extension 37517 or 37518
  3. Writing to: Monica Martins, Clinical Team Lead, Nuclear Medicine & PET-CT, Singleton Hospital, Sketty Lane, Swansea SA2 8QA.