The ordering and performance of clinical FDG-PET/CT scans is complicated due to insurance coverage, reimbursement issues related to Medicare beneficiaries, and whether the patient is participating in an IRB approved clinical trial. The majority of these clinical PET/CT scans are performed in the Huntsman Cancer Hospital on the 3rd floor.
If the patient is on a research study where the FDG-PET/CT scans are part of an approved IRB study and standard of care they are most often performed in the Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging. This is due to the fact that the patient is on a research study and the PET/CT acquisition parameters are often defined and the FDG uptake time may defined.
In addition, the images are often sent for central review and additional post-processing may be required per the study protocol.