PET/CT Program in Waldorf MD

Our PET/CT Program

RIA uses the latest technologies available in PET/CT in an anti-claustrophobic design for a more comfortable patient experience in our private, tranquil PET/CT suites

A board-certified radiologist with advanced specialty training in PET/CT will work closely with the your physicians to provide a complete and comprehensive diagnosis to assist in the treatment and continuity of your care. Credentialed and caring staff is there to support you and your family through this process.

What Is PET/CT?

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers, a special camera and a computer to help evaluate your organ and tissue functions.

  • By identifying body changes at the cellular level, PET may detect the early onset of disease before it is evident on other imaging tests.

Get more information for PET/CT scans

What to expect during a PET/CT exam

The PET/CT exam typically lasts 2-3 hours. The amount of time involved to complete your scan will depend on the type of procedure your physician has requested. Sometimes it may begin with an injection of a small amount of radioactive glucose (sugar) “tracer” solution that enables evaluation of glucose metabolism (function) in the body. There are no known side effects to this injection.

The procedure may begin immediately upon injection, or may begin after an “uptake period,” depending on the type of examination being requested. You may be asked to rest in a quiet room and avoid significant movement or talking, which may alter the localization of the tracer.

The PET/CT scanner is very similar in size to a CT scanner and looks like a large doughnut. The patient is asked to lie comfortably on the imaging table while the scanner detects the concentration of the tracer within the body, and generates CT, PET, and fusion images by use of computer software.

Personal Patient Navigators

Please feel free to call one of our Personal Patient Navigators who can help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have regarding scheduling, your procedure, reports or billing.

Locations that provide PET/CT Scans

RIA at Pembrooke 

Waldorf, MD

301-870-8434 Press 9

RIA at Heritage

Clinton, MD

301-856-3670 Press 9


COVID-19 Update

The Governors of Maryland and Virginia have closed all non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Radiology centers have been classified as essential services. 

The health, well-being, and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19. We have taken steps to continue providing only critical service required to meet the needs of the community.  After very careful consideration we have decided to reschedule all non-urgent imaging appointments as well as consolidate our services by adjusting hours and center openings. To protect everyone, we are closely following the guidance of local, national and global health authorities – including the CDC – in addressing current challenges. As circumstances continue to change, we will keep you informed.

As the situation continues to develop in our community, we want to maintain our ability to provide quality service while safeguarding the health and safety of our patients and staff. We realize these are tenuous times and we are actively monitoring the ongoing situation and following the latest available CDC guidelines. In an effort to limit the risk of exposure for our patients and our employees who may be in high-risk categories, we are asking that you:

Please do not go to a Fairfax Radiology Center/Radiology Imaging Associates location if ANY of the following apply:

    1. You have cough, fever, or shortness of breath
    2. You have traveled by airplane or to New York City in the past 14 days or less
    3. You have had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is undergoing a test (results pending) for COVID-19.

Instead, please contact your physician for instructions. Patients may call to reschedule their appointment once they are symptom and fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of medication.

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