Why You Shouldn't Have Gum Before a PET Scan"


Chewing gum might seem harmless, but not before a PET scan!

What is a PET Scan?

A PET scan visualizes organ and tissue functions using a radioactive drug.

The Role of Sugar

Gum often contains sugar, which can skew PET scan results

Increased Glucose Levels

Chewing gum raises glucose levels, affecting the scan's accuracy.

This can lead to false positives, particularly in cancer detection

False Positives:

Gum stimulates digestion, altering your metabolic rate during the scan.

Effect on Metabolism

Gum with Xylitol

Even sugar-free gum can be problematic due to xylitol, affecting insulin levels.

Doctor's Advice

Healthcare professionals recommend fasting before a PET scan.

Pre-Scan Guidelines

Avoid not only gum but also caffeine and nicotine

Better Safe Than Sorry

Adhere to guidelines for the most accurate results.

Follow the rules, ensure accurate diagnostics!