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    How much does a PET scan cost?

    Posted by John Holden on Mon, May 11, 2009
      
      
      
      
      
      

    PET CT scan pictureTrying to get costs of PET scans can be challenging. Even when you have the information, it's not clear what exactly you might be paying for. What is included? Does the price include the Radiology report? And what if you need additional testing? This post is one of a series of posts that look at costs of Radiology tests and will be a work in progress. I hope it sheds some light on what PET scan prices include and don't include...

    Prices will vary from facility to facility

    PET scan costs will vary in price even in the same town. Hospitals are generally more expensive and have less favorable cash fee schedules than their outpatient counterparts. Hospitals are also less likely to negotiate prices with you. Keep in mind though that there are few outpatient centers that can afford to own a PET/CT scanner, so you may find that in your area you are limited to one or two choices. This of course limits competition and keeps prices high.

    Prices include the radioisotope and special images

    PET and PET/CT scans are done with an injected radioisotope that is taken up by very active tisse such as cancer cells. The radioisotope is quite expensive and accounts for some of the high costs of PET scans. PET/CT scans also use special image processsing software that fuses the PET and CT scan images into one so that metabolic data from the PET part of the scan is overlayed onto the anatomic detail of the CT scan.

    The Radiology report is included

    PET scan costs include the official Radiologist interpretation. This includes comparing to older PET scans even if done at another hospital or imaging center. Your doctor receives a copy of the report.

    Copies of the CD or films

    Sometimes you'll be asked to take a CD or films of your PET scan to your doctor to review. Most facilities will give you a copy, if requested, free of charge.

    Call back for additional images may not be included

    You won't be charged for call backs if due to technical issues or if you were unable to complete the exam because of pain. However, if it is for "more testing", then yes, there will be additional costs.

    Simplifying it for you...

    You can use our website to look up the cost of an PET scan and purchase one with your credit card. Our prices include the test, the radioisotope, and the official report.

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    COMMENTS

    love your articles. PET/CT at Elite Imaging in Miami Florida is $2000.00 

    posted @ Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:36 AM by Shelly


    u of miami hosp charged me 17000.00 for a pet scan. after iss. they want me to pay 2300.00. i have refused. i am having another pet scan at delray imaging. the cost is 4000.00. any comments????

    posted @ Friday, December 03, 2010 9:25 AM by william peterson


    eiber radiology-premier pet of hialeah charges $ 1500 for a pet/ct scan.

    posted @ Monday, January 31, 2011 9:53 AM by al


    I read where hospitals have billed astronomical charges for a PET scan, shame on them. I was quoted $1200 from many sources and suspect can gets the scan for less than that if I shop around.

    posted @ Friday, July 15, 2011 6:49 AM by Jay Luttes


    In INDIA cost of PET/CT is vary from 18,000 / Rs to 25,000/- Rs. I know a very famous center in Delhi India. Diwanchand Imaging DCA where cost is least with best quality Scan cost is 18,000/- . I dont know the cost in other hospitals but i think is cheapest with quality

    posted @ Tuesday, November 15, 2011 12:00 AM by AMIT


    Our center can charge less but you likely need to travel, still lot savings. E mail me if interested

    posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 1:47 PM by MK


    TMC Hospital Mumbai is charging less than Rs.10000-00. I am of the opinion that the cost in India will certainly come down less than Rs.8000-00 provided FDG is available at Rs.200 per Millicurie

    posted @ Saturday, November 19, 2011 7:03 AM by a s raju


    Hospitals eating the costs of expensive procedures from patients who can't or don't pay further increases the price hospitals have to charge. In most places in the US, just the injection costs the imaging center about $800 which they buy from a pharmacy. This does not include the imaging centers cost for staff, supplies, or recouping the cost of a machine priced at a few million dollars.

    posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:32 PM by Ron


    Prices in India are very low, but doesn't make sense because the ticket to fly there and return will be the most expensive then whole "voyage". 
    In Eastern Europe, for example in Russia, in Moscow (where radioisotope chemicals [the most important part of the procedure] are cheap because of great nuclear industry from soviet times) the PET scan costs $1000-2000 (the most expensive complete test of whole body).

    posted @ Tuesday, November 06, 2012 2:09 PM by Alex


    In india pet ct scan cost only 170 US $.... Nd even cancer treatment cheaper than other countries

    posted @ Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:46 PM by dineshhkumaar bose


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