GETTING A PICTURE OF THE SCANNING PROCESS
Preparing for your Amyvid appointment is easy with these helpful tips!
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
- Make sure you’re hydrated and drink plenty of water 2 hours before your appointment
- Bring a comfy pair of socks for the PET scan—it can be cold in there!
- Arrive 15 to 30 minutes early just in case you need to fill out some paperwork
- The duration of the exam can vary, but plan to be at the scanning center for about 2 hours
- If you are accompanied by a loved one, they may be required to stay in the waiting room during the scanning process
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
- Be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor to go over your results together
- Drink plenty of water and relax!
WHETHER THE SCAN IS POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE, IT CAN GIVE YOU A PICTURE OF YOUR CONDITION
An Amyvid PET scan is an imaging test that, when used in combination with other tests, can help your doctor make a more informed diagnosis and help you understand why you are experiencing thinking or memory issues.
- The amount of amyloid plaque shown in the positive image is present in people with AD, but may also be present in people with other types of conditions affecting the brain as well as older people without those conditions
- The presence of amyloid plaques alone does not establish a diagnosis of AD or other brain disorder
AD=Alzheimer's disease; PET=positron emission tomography.
SELECT SAFETY INFORMATION
Risk for Misreading Scans and Other Errors
Errors may happen when Amyvid scan images are read. In clinical studies, a scan read as negative, when it was actually positive, accounted for most of these errors. An Amyvid scan only indicates whether beta-amyloid plaques, which are a buildup of proteins in the brain, are present at the time of the scan. Even if the scan is negative, it is possible to develop plaques in the future.