TABLE 1.

Summary of Survey Questions

CategoryQuestion
Patient dose and preparation1. Administered dose of 18F-FDG:
2. Uptake period in minutes:
3. Is CT contrast used during the transmission scan?
4. Fraction of patients who have a separate diagnostic CT acquisition:
5. How often bladder catheterization is performed:
6. How often sedation is used:
7. Percentage of cases with intravenous contrast:
8. Minimum duration of fasting before 18F-FDG injection:
9. Is a low-carbohydrate diet recommended one or more days before PET study?
10. Estimated frequency of different strategies used for preparation of diabetic patients:
11. Is the blood glucose measured before 18F-FDG injection?
12. Blood glucose cutoff:
Scanner, acquisition, and reconstruction parameters13. PET scanner manufacturer and model: 14. PET scanner software version number:
15. Emission scan acquisition mode (2D vs. 3D for whole body and brain):
16. Scan extent (top of head to toes, base of brain to thighs, arms up, arms down, etc.):
17. For whole-body scan, duration of emission scan per bed position:
18. Nature of transmission scan (CT, 68Ge rod source, 133Cs):
Display, review, and archiving19. CT technique used for the average adult patient:
20. PET reconstruction algorithm used:
21. Postreconstruction filter(s) used for reconstruction:
22. PET voxel dimensions:
23. Software used for image interpretation by radiologist/nuclear medicine physician:
24. Are PET/CT images archived to PACS and available for viewing?
25. Can PET/CT images on PACs be viewed as fused images?
26. Quality of PACS PET/CT image display capability:
27. Name of PACS software used by referring physicians for PET/CT:
28. Do you make digital images available on compact disk for referring physicians or patients?
29. Type of display software included on the compact disks you provide:
30. Procedure for reviewing outside images: