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PET/CT scan is a painless, noninvasive test that produces detailed images of your body. A PET/CT scan costs usually between $1,600-$14,000.

PET scan cost by insurance type:

Insurance typeClinic PET/scan price Hospital PET/CT scan price
High-deductible patient$2,400 – $5,000$4,100 – $14,000
Insured patient (25% copay)$600 – $1,250$1,025 – $3,500
Cash patient$1,600 – $2,500$2,000 – $4,000

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When may you need a PET/CT scan?

Positron emission tomography-computed tomography also known as PETCT or PET/CT is a nuclear medicine technique which combines a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner and a CT (computed tomography) scanner to take collective images to create a functional view of the body.

It can help diagnose conditions such as:

  • detect cancer. & whether it has spread in the body
  • determine blood flow to the heart muscle
  • determine the effects of a heart attack, or myocardial infarction, on areas of the heart
  • identify areas of the heart muscle that would benefit from a procedure such as angioplasty  or coronary artery bypass surgery (in combination with a myocardial perfusion scan)
  • evaluate brain abnormalities, such as tumors, memory disorders, seizures, and other central nervous system disorders.
  • map the normal human brain and heart function.

PET scan risks.

Having PET and PET-CT scans can add to your stress as a cancer survivor. These tests often find health problems that are not serious. This may lead to more tests and procedures, including follow-up scans, and even biopsies and surgery.

Also, PET, and especially PET-CT scans do expose you to high levels of radiation. The effects of radia­tion add up over your lifetime. This can increase your risk of cancer.

How to save money on a PET/CT scan cost?

  • Take your doctor referral to the facility that offers you the best price for a PET/CT scan
  • Shop around across 4-10 facilities to find the best deal for you, focus also on free-standing imaging facilities
  • Pay in cash to save 40-80% of the cost (HSA counts)
  • Consider doing this PET/CT in the large metro area (Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami) that have more competitive rates
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