Washington, DC PET Scan Cost Comparison

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A PET Scan in Washington costs $2,497 on average when you take the median of the 55 medical providers who perform PET Scan procedures in Washington, DC. The least expensive PET Scan in Washington is $1,400 for a Whole Body PET Scan while the most expensive PET Scan list price is $2,700 for a PET Scan Heart. There are 5 different types of PET Scan provided in Washington, 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 Washington 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 $1,650 - $4,200 Free Quote
PET Scan Heart Cost Average $2,700 - $7,000 Free Quote
PET Scan Brain Cost Average $1,650 - $4,200 Free Quote
PET Scan (Skull to Mid-Thigh) Cost Average $1,550 - $4,000 Free Quote
Whole Body PET Scan Cost Average $1,400 - $3,700 Free Quote

Compare PET Scan Providers in Washington, DC

Facility City Type
Inova Fairfax Hospital Falls Church Acute Care Hospital
Korsower and Pion Radiology Rockville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Anne Arundel Diagnostics Bowie Diagnostic Testing Facility
Southern Maryland Hospital Clinton Acute Care Hospital
United Radiology Rockville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Woodbridge CT Woodbridge Diagnostic Testing Facility
Open MRI of Frederick Frederick Diagnostic Testing Facility
Civista Medical Center La Plata Acute Care Hospital
Laurel Regional Hospital Laurel Acute Care Hospital
The Hsc Pediatric Center Washington Childrens Hospital
Doctors Community Hospital Lanham Acute Care Hospital
Medical Imaging of North Stafford Stafford Diagnostic Testing Facility
Prince George's Hospital Center Cheverly Acute Care Hospital
Shady Grove Radiological Rockville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Shady Grove Radiological Germantown Diagnostic Testing Facility
Suburban Hospital Bethesda Acute Care Hospital
Precision Imaging, LLC (Bethesda) Bethesda Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sibley Memorial Hospital Washington Acute Care Hospital
Mary Washington Hospital Fredericksburg Acute Care Hospital
George Washington University Hospital Washington Acute Care Hospital
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Rockville Acute Care Hospital
Laurel Diagnostic Imaging, Drs. Branda and Greyson Laurel Diagnostic Testing Facility
Riverdale Radiology Riverdale Diagnostic Testing Facility
Silver Spring Radiology Silver Spring Diagnostic Testing Facility
Holy Cross Hospital Silver Spring Acute Care Hospital
Physician Imaging of Washington Hospital Center Hyattsville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Fort Washington Medical Center Fort Washington Acute Care Hospital
Providence Hospital Washington Acute Care Hospital
South Potomac Bone Assessment Center Washington Diagnostic Testing Facility
Open MRI of Germantown Germantown Diagnostic Testing Facility
Calvert Memorial Hospital Prince Frederick Acute Care Hospital
Rockville Open MRI Rockville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Frederick Imaging Center Frederick Diagnostic Testing Facility
United Radiology Greenbelt Diagnostic Testing Facility
Fairfax PET Imaging Center Fairfax PET Clinic
MRI of Maryland Clinton Diagnostic Testing Facility
Washington Hospital Center Washington Acute Care Hospital
Montgomery General Hospital Olney Acute Care Hospital
Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Diagnostic Testing Facility
Medical Imaging at Lee's Hill Fredericksburg Diagnostic Testing Facility
Pratt Medical Center Fredericksburg Diagnostic Testing Facility
Frederick Memorial Hospital Frederick Acute Care Hospital
Capital Imaging Bethesda Diagnostic Testing Facility
Clinical Radiologists Medical Imaging Silver Spring Diagnostic Testing Facility
Jefferson Memorial Hospital Ranson Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Children's National Medical Center Washington Childrens Hospital
Fair Oaks Imaging Center Fairfax Diagnostic Testing Facility
Virginia Hospital Center Arlington Acute Care Hospital
Wide Open MRI Frederick Diagnostic Testing Facility
Georgetown University Hospital Washington Acute Care Hospital
Loudoun Imaging Center Ashburn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Nih Clinical Center Bethesda Acute Care Hospital
Eagleeye Radiology Reston Diagnostic Testing Facility
Inova Alexandria Hospital Alexandria Acute Care Hospital
Washington Adventist Hospital Takoma Park Acute Care 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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