PET Scan Cost and PET Scan Procedures Information

Positron Emission Tomography, also called a PET scan, is a diagnostic examination that involves the acquisition of physiologic images based on the detection of radiation from the emission of positrons. Positrons are tiny particles emitted from a radioactive substance administered to the patient. The subsequent images of the human body developed with this technique are used to evaluate a variety of diseases especially cancers.

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PET Scan Cost Averages Around the Country

Phoenix, AZ PET Scan Cost Average $5,300
Washington, DC PET Scan Cost Average $5,900
Philadelphia, PA PET Scan Cost Average $5,800
Houston, TX PET Scan Cost Average $5,600
Miami, FL PET Scan Cost Average $5,700
Dallas, TX PET Scan Cost Average $5,300
Chicago, IL PET Scan Cost Average $5,700
Los Angeles, CA PET Scan Cost Average $6,100
New York, NY PET Scan Cost Average $5,900
Atlanta, GA PET Scan Cost Average $6,000

Specific PET Scan Procedures and National Cost Averages

Whole Body PET Scan Cost Average $5,300
PET Scan (Skull to Mid-Thigh) Cost Average $5,800
PET Scan (Chest to Head Neck) Cost Average $5,900
PET Scan Heart Cost Average $7,900
PET Scan Brain Cost Average $7,700
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Featured Facilities that Perform PET Scan

Name Location Average List Price
MRI and CT Diagnostics Virginia Beach , VA $5,200
OSF Saint Mary Medical Center Galesburg , IL $8,400
Jane Phillips Medical Center Bartlesville , OK $5,100
Sand Mountain Imaging Albertville , AL $5,000
Citrus Diagnostic Center Crystal River , FL $5,300
Florida Keys Radiology Assoc Marathon , FL $5,700
Atchison Hospital Atchison , KS $8,200
Mountainview Medical Imaging Seneca , SC $5,100
Long Bay Diagnostic Imaging Myrtle Beach , SC $5,100
Grace Clinic Imaging Department Lubbock , TX $5,200
Chattahoochee Valley Imaging Lagrange , GA $5,100
Firelands Regional Medical Center - Main Campus Sandusky , OH $5,500
Clovis Open MRI Clovis , NM $5,200
American Radiologic Technologies Wexford , PA $5,200
Clifton-fine Hospital Star Lake , NY $8,000
Franklin Foundation Hospital Franklin , LA $8,200
Flagler Diagnostic Imaging Palm Coast , FL $5,300
Mendocino Coast District Hospital Fort Bragg , CA $11,600
Guthrie Towanda Radiology Towanda , PA $5,200
Grafton City Hospital Grafton , WV $8,400
Pocomoke Imaging Center Pocomoke City , MD $5,300
St Lukes Center for Diagnostic Imaging St Louis , MO $5,200
Mother Frances Hospital - Jacksonville Jacksonville , TX $8,500
CT MRI Associations Sylvania , OH $5,200
Medical Imaging and Radiology Associates Fort Dodge , IA $5,000
Theda Clark Medical Center Appleton , WI $5,100
Madison Radiologists Madison , WI $5,100
Gila Health Resources Morenci , AZ $5,300
Huntsville Imaging Center Huntsville , TX $5,200
Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Bakersfield , CA $5,400

More about PET Scan Procedures

PET Scan Introduction and Cost Information

PET scans have become very popular because no other imaging technology shows the internal chemistry of the body so well. A PET scan has the unique ability to identify chemical and metabolic changes in diseases such as cancer before anatomic and structural changes which are detected by other imaging technologies have time to develop. Therefore PET can detect diseases when anatomic imaging studies are still normal, and may be informative in differentiating benign from malignant process. This makes PET scans very popular in identifying whether cancer is present or not, if it has spread, if it is responding to treatment, and if a person is cancer free after treatment. Cancers for which PET scans are considered particularly effective include lung, head and neck, colorectal, esophageal, lymphoma, melanoma, breast, thyroid, cervical, pancreatic, and brain as well as other cancers.

Patient Preparation

Most facilities recommend that you do not eat anything 6 hours prior to your PET Scan. Try to reduce the amount of caffeine or sugar you consumer the day prior to your PET Scan. If you are a Diabetic, make sure you get specific instructions regarding your insulin prior to your PET Scan. A good rule of thumb for Insulin Dependent Diabetics is to eat a small meal 4 hours prior to your PET Scan and then take your insulin. For Non-Insulin Diabetics, eat a light meal 4 hours prior to your PET Scan and then take your oral medication. It is important to monitor your glucose levels prior to the PET Scan. Your glucose should be less than 150. If you have had any surgery, biopsies, radiation or chemotherapies 4 to 6 weeks prior to your PET Scan make sure you alert the PET Scan facility. Try to avoid vigorous physical activity 48 hours prior to your PET Scan. Do not take liquid pills the morning of your exam. Other medications may be taken with water. Bring a list of all your medications with you for review by the facility. If your weight exceeds 350 pounds make sure you let the facility performing the PET Scan know because often the PET Scan equipment has size limitations and other accommodations may have to be made.

What to expect during and after a PET Scan Procedure

The overall preparation and PET Scan testing visit will take approximately 2 hours. Wear comfortable cloths. You will not be required to change cloths. Once you arrive at the PET Scan facility you will receive an injection of Radioactive Glucose (FDG). The FDG will take about 45 minutes to properly distribute throughout your body. Prior to the scan you will most likely be asked to empty your bladder. Upon entering the testing room you will be asked to lay down on the scanner bed. It is important that you lay still during the scan. If it is painful to lay flat and still on your back make sure you bring some form of pain medication. Make sure you tell the doctor or technician that you plan to take pain medication prior to having the test performed. If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative.

After your PET Scan, the FDG remnants will still be in your system and it is recommended that you do not come in close contact with small children or pregnant women for 4 hours. It is important to drink plenty of liquids to help flush the FDG out of your system. Your PET Scan will be interpreted by a trained nuclear medicine physician or radiologist and results are typically sent to the referring physician within 24-48 hours.

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