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
Featured Providers
Carolinas Imaging Services Huntersville Huntersville , NC $5,100
Piedmont Diagnostic Radiology Martinsville , VA $5,200
Yakama Indian Health Center Toppenish , WA $5,200
Pocomoke Imaging Center Pocomoke City , MD $5,300
Franciscan Skemp - La Crosse Campus La Crosse , WI $7,600
Pulaski Community Hospital Pulaski , VA $9,600
Theda Clark Medical Center Appleton , WI $5,100
Angel Williamson Imaging Center P A Pensacola , FL $6,300
Winchester Imaging Winchester , VA $5,200
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Jasper , IN $5,400
Saint Vincent Jennings Hospital North Vernon , IN $10,300
Saint John's Medical Center Anderson , IN $5,100
Sunbelt Radiology Jellico , TN $5,100
Radiology Medical Group of Santa Cruz County , South County Imaging Freedom , CA $5,400
Salt Lake MRI South Jordan , UT $5,200
Twin Lakes Medical Imaging Consultants Livingston , TN $5,100
First MRI Bangor , ME $5,100
Saint Francis Medical Center Breckenridge , MN $9,300
Santhill Diagnostics Holly Hill , SC $5,100
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston , TX $6,400
Dms Imaging Fargo , ND $5,000
Saint Vincent Frankfort Hospital Frankfort , IN $10,300
Lakeland Regional Medical Center Saint Joseph , MI $4,900
College Fields MRI New Castle , PA $5,200
Pungo District Hospital Belhaven , NC $8,900
Arnot Ogden Medical Center Elmira , NY $7,300
Dakota PET CT and MRI Rapid City , SD $5,000
Physicians' MRI Fayetteville , AR $5,000
Windber Medical Center Windber , PA $4,900
South Bend Clinic Radiology South Bend , IN $5,100

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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