Atlanta, GA PET Scan Cost Comparison

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A PET Scan in Atlanta costs $3,016 on average when you take the median of the 50 medical providers who perform PET Scan procedures in Atlanta, GA. The least expensive PET Scan in Atlanta is $1,450 for a Whole Body PET Scan while the most expensive PET Scan list price is $4,100 for a PET Scan Heart. There are 5 different types of PET Scan provided in Atlanta, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the Atlanta providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Procedure Price Range
PET Scan (Chest to Head Neck) Cost Average $1,850 - $4,800 Free Quote
PET Scan Heart Cost Average $4,100 - $10,400 Free Quote
Whole Body PET Scan Cost Average $1,450 - $3,800 Free Quote
PET Scan Brain Cost Average $1,850 - $4,800 Free Quote
PET Scan (Skull to Mid-Thigh) Cost Average $1,550 - $4,000 Free Quote

Compare PET Scan Providers in Atlanta, GA

Facility City Type
Grady Memorial Hospital Atlanta Acute Care Hospital
Georgia Health Imaging Lilburn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Georgia Diagnostic Centers Lawrenceville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Atlanta Childrens Hospital
Cartersville Medical Center Cartersville Acute Care Hospital
Gwinnett Medical Center Lawrenceville Acute Care Hospital
High Field Open MRI Roswell Diagnostic Testing Facility
Fayette Health Imaging Fayetteville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Lifetest Imaging Center Atlanta Diagnostic Testing Facility
Decatur Health Imaging Decatur Diagnostic Testing Facility
Montreal Medical Imaging Tucker Diagnostic Testing Facility
Northside Hospital Atlanta Acute Care Hospital
Jasper Memorial Hospital Monticello Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Atlanta Childrens Hospital
Piedmont Newnan Hospital Newnan Acute Care Hospital
Dekalb Medical Center - Hillandale Campus Lithonia Acute Care Hospital
North Atlanta Diagnostic and Cardiovascular Center Atlanta Diagnostic Testing Facility
Griffin Imaging Griffin Diagnostic Testing Facility
Dekalb Medical Center Decatur Acute Care Hospital
Higgins General Hospital Bremen Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Trident PET of Gwinnett Lawrenceville PET Clinic
Medical Imaging at Honey Creek Conyers Diagnostic Testing Facility
Atlanta Medical Center Atlanta Acute Care Hospital
OMI Diagnostics (Douglasville) Douglasville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Medica Stand-up MRI of Atlanta Atlanta Diagnostic Testing Facility
Lawrenceville Health Imaging Lawrenceville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Outpatient Imaging Peachtree City Diagnostic Testing Facility
Diagnostic Imaging of Buckhead Atlanta Diagnostic Testing Facility
Emory Eastside Medical Center Snellville Acute Care Hospital
Roswell Imaging Center Roswell Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta Atlanta Acute Care Hospital
Piedmont Fayette Hospital Fayetteville Acute Care Hospital
Emory Crawford Long Hospital Atlanta Acute Care Hospital
OMI Diagnostics (Alpharetta) Alpharetta Diagnostic Testing Facility
Southern Regional Medical Center Riverdale Acute Care Hospital
OMI Diagnostics (Lake Hearn) Atlanta Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sylvan Grove Hospital Jackson Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Open MRI and CT Specialists of Stockbridge Stockbridge Diagnostic Testing Facility
Tanner Medical Center Carrollton Carrollton Acute Care Hospital
OMI Diagnostics (Marietta) Marietta Diagnostic Testing Facility
Rockdale Medical Center Conyers Acute Care Hospital
Medica Forsyth Open MRI and CT Cumming Diagnostic Testing Facility
Wellstar Kennestone Hospital Marietta Acute Care Hospital
Newnan Health Imaging Newnan Diagnostic Testing Facility
Emory University Hospital Atlanta Acute Care Hospital
Ammed Medical Imaging Riverdale Diagnostic Testing Facility
Imaging Associates of Canton Canton Diagnostic Testing Facility
Piedmont Hospital Atlanta Acute Care Hospital
Georgia Imaging and Vascular Institute Buford Diagnostic Testing Facility
Warm Springs Medical Center Warm Springs Critical Access (Rural) Hospital

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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