Hooray! – The results from the PET/CT scan showed no indicative signs of cancer in my body, there was a very small yellow indication around the infected lump in the scan, but the doctors told me it was not indicative of cancer and probably lighted up due to the infection in the cyst.
I was very very relieved and so was my family and parents, for 6 weeks the uncertainty of the seriousness in what caused the swelling, finally ended. Nevertheless the infected cyst had to be removed, so the doctor transferred me to the main Hospital in Copenhagen to get the cyst surgically removed.
The PET/CT scan in many ways resembles the MR scan, however there are noticable differences:
The duration of the scan is much shorter,about 15 minutes
The PET/CT scanner is not noisy
You are not confined at all sides in the PET/CT scanner
So the scan itself is much more pleasant than the MR scan. The preparation time however before this scanning is much more lengthy, first you must not eat before at the scanning day.
First you will be receive a IV radioactive tracer, and then you need to relax for about 60 minutes, before you will be taken to the scanner.
Before the scan begins, you will be receive IV contrast.
However one word of advice!, the IV contrast is not the same as the one used in the MR scanner. It has a very unpleasant effect, where you will feel your body and head is getting warm from the inside, it is not painful and only last two minutes, but i got quite a nasty surprise, despite the operators had warned me.