PET Scan Cost

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PET scan cost @ 50% less price – Quality providers

We are aware that PET scan cost can be unaffordable, however we can help get you upto nearly 50% lower prices than industry standards across quality centres in India. The PET scan cost when done at a hospital when admitted there will cost around Rs. 25,000/.

In labs outside hospitals the price can be substantially lower i.e. even as low as Rs. 8,000/-


Economically challenged patients can be offered more discount/subsidy at select centres.  You will receive an email. Send us the patient’s Aadhar Card copy and hospital where treatment is being received.

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What Is PET Scan Procedure?

A PET (position emission tomography) scan involves introducing a small amount of a radioactive chemical into the body, and taking images as it moves, to study the functioning of organs or tissues. PET scans can be used to detect cancer, heart disease and brain abnormalities and to help determine treatment. PET scans can show chemical activity and blood flow which other imaging tests cannot show.

All imaging services are performed in an accredit facility, which is either in a hospital or in a clinic / lab. It is usually an outpatient service. Although, patients in hospital admissions can also be scanned. PET scan Procedure is as follows:

  • A nurse or a Radiologist Technologist will administer a weak radioactive material known as a tracer (a radioactive special sugar called fluorodeoxyglucose). Doctor gives it to you usually by intravenous (IV) injection into a vein in your arm. Sometimes it can be swallowed in a drink, or inhaled as a gas.
  • It takes about 60 minutes for the tracer uptake. Also, it accumulates in the organs or tissues of the body.
  • The tracer then metabolizes, during which it gives off a small amount of energy in the form of gamma rays. Scanner cameras detects and transfers it to the 3D computer software to create PET images.
  • To make your CT Scan images detail and clear your doctor would give you some contrast dye to drink. This accumulates in the intestines.
  • The Radiology Technologist will then switch the scanner to CT scan. This will utilize X-rays to create three-dimensional images from the inside of your body. If there is any structural abnormality in any of the organs or tissues, it will reveal in the images.
  • The two tests thus provide details on both structure and metabolic activities of organs and tissues in your body. This provides dual basis of interpretation of the results and thus results in more accurate diagnosis.
  • Cancer cells have a higher metabolic rate than noncancerous cells. Because of high level of chemical activity, cancer cells show up as bright spots on PET scans.

Now that we have read about the PET Scan procedure, we will read about it’s importance.

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Why Do I Need A PET Scan?

PET-CT scan is a non-invasive way to enable earlier and effective disease diagnosis as follows:

  • Precise location and detection of cancer: This is important for obtaining a biopsy for further testing and surgery.
  • Staging cancer: PET-CT scan determines the location of cancer and whether it has spread by infiltration (invasion) into other parts of the body, such as the organs or lymph nodes.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of a treatment: To check if a therapy such as cancer is working for a particular patient.
  • Monitoring patients’ response to treatment: This allows doctors to maintain the existing treatment plan or work out alternative strategies.
  • Detection of cancer recurrence: To determine if cancer has returned after treatment.
  • Allows detection of a precise region of impairment: By superimposing PET-CT scan, a specific area of tissue abnormality, as well as aberrance in metabolic can be identified. For example, a deformed tissue area with over activity or high-intensity signal called “hotspot”, is an indication of cancer. In contrast, a dim tissue area with minimal metabolic activity and a very low-intensity signal called “cold spot” is an indication of degenerative disease or stroke.
  • Enables evaluation of brain diseases such as tumors, memory loss, and seizures.
  • Enables assessment of blood flow to the heart muscle.
  • Determination of how a heart attack or myocardial infarction has affected certain areas of the heart.
  • Identification of areas of abnormalities in the heart muscle that will require repair from blood vessel blockage (angioplasty) or Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) to treat Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).

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What are the side effects of PET scan?

Following are the side effects of PET scan:

  • PET scan is non-invasive way to enable earlier and effective disease diagnosis.
  • None of the two techniques are painful, except the prick of a needle from the tracer injection which might cause little skin redness and swell in the area.
  • However, there is no known adverse event.
  • You may experience a cold sensation as the injected tracer travels down your veins but it soon fades away.
  • You may be allergic to the contrast dye. That is why you have to make a previous arrangement with your doctor to have allergy medication for the test.
  • Diabetic patients might have problems with balancing blood sugar level from long fasting periods. Therefore, they should seek advice from their doctor.

Now that we have read about the side effects of PET Scan, we will now read about some limitations of the same:

What are the limitations of PET scan?

  • The test takes at least 3 hours, which many people may find inconvenient.
  • Patients might not be able to drive home immediately after the test if they took medications to calm them from the nervousness of closed space (claustrophobia).
  • The PET-CT machine cannot fit obese individuals who weigh over 450 pounds.
  • The doctor needs to adjust the tracer dosage and the scanner so as to cater for children test.

How does the Radiologist distinguish between Healthy and diseased organ from the PET scans?

  • The pictures below display different diseases diagnosed as PET Scan cancer results:
CT and PET CT scan of early detection of Lung cancer 
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CT alone and PET CT fusion of Lung Nodules for Early Cancer Screening

Image 1 shows early screening for lung cancer in an individual who is at risk. Image 1A displays a Pet scan which revealed a suspicious pleural nodule, a very small tissue lump in the lungs.
To confirm the finding, a PET image taken from the same location was observed which clearly reveals the nodule (1B).
Cross Section, CT Scan, PET scan and PET CT scan of patient suffering from colon cancer
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Identification of Colon Cancer which had spread to the liver by PET CT

Image 2A shows a cross section of a patient who originally developed colon cancer (red circle), as revealed by PET scan. This was removed by surgery.
Image 2B, however, is a CT scan which reveal an area of suspicious tissue change (indicated by two arrows), an indication that the colon cancer had spread to the liver before it was remove.
However, this was confirmed by the hot spot area of a PET scan in 2C.
After superimposing the CT and PET scan images; The precise location where the cancer had invaded the liver became clearer (2D).

Before and After treatment image of CT, PET and PET CT scan of cross section of a throat indicating cancer
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Throat Cancer-Treatment And Monitoring

The images in 3A are CT, PET and PET CT scans respectively of cross sections of a throat, showing a precise location of an abnormal tissue (CT), which also happen to be a hot spot (area of high intensity tracer uptake and metabolic activity) of a PET scan, an indication of cancer. By superimposing both CT and PET images, you see structural details of the location of the hot spot.

Finally, a comparative set of images in 3B shows how chemotherapy treatment has gradually eliminated most of the cancer cells, leaving a residual spot, suggesting that the patient is responding very well to the current treatment methods.

How one should prepare for PET CT Scan

How To Prepare For PET Scan

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What should I do to prepare for PET scan?

The Day your doctor ordered the PET scan:

  • Remind your doctor about your health history to help you to take necessary precautions. For example, if you have diabetes, she will ask you not to take your medication on the day your test is schedule. Once the test is complete, you can take it.
  • Tell your doctor about prescription and over the counter medications you are taking so you will be advised.
  • Let your doctor know if you are pregnant, as foetuses are more sensitive to very low levels of the radioactive
  • Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, as the tracer can be passed on to the young child through breast milk.
  • Let your doctor know about any allergies you might have so she can decide whether you will need to take allergy medication for the tracer injection (this is very rare).
  • Tell your doctor if you are nervous about close spaces (claustrophobia) so you could be given medication that will calm you down.

When you schedule an appointment for the test, the staff at the facility will tell you how to prepare for the PET scan on the day before the test and on the day of your test. You must get this information from the staff before the test.

The Day before the PET Scan test:

  • Eat low carbohydrate diet (see the Mercy Health web link in the Reference section).
  • Drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated.
  • Expect to spend about 3 hours at the facility

The Day of the PET Scan test:

  • If you have diabetes, don’t take your insulin medication. Wait and take it after the test, otherwise, it will interfere with the results.
  • Plan on 3 hours stay at the facility for the whole procedure.
  • Do not eat 4-6 hours before your scan and drink only water.
  • Wear comfortable and loose, “easy-to-wear” outfit with essentially no metal decorations to avoid interference with the image scanning.
  • You may be ask to change your clothing into a hospital gown to avoid scanning interference.
  • Don’t wear jewellery, they will interfere with the scan and introduce false positives in the results.
  • Due to weak radioactive nature of the traces, pregnant women and children are not allow in the rooms where the injection is given.
  • The staff will ask you to sign a consent form saying you had followed all guidelines and have agreed to take the test.
  • The scanning room temperature will be a bit cooler than the rest of the rooms in the facility. This is intended for the best performance of the PET scanning machine.

 After your PET scan:

  • You will be advise to drink lots of fluid for the rest of the day to help flush the tracer from your system.
  • The PET results will be interpret by Radiologist Specialist and a report will be sent to your doctor who request the test.
  • Your doctor will inform you when the report arrives at the physician’s office. It usually takes 3-5 business days.

How to find PET scan centers near me ?

Click on the links below to get the PET scan centres at various locations with cost and price comparison option :

Whole Body PET Scan cost in Hospitals in Mumbai:

  • Whole Body PET Scan cost in Jaslok Hospital would be in the range of Rs.25,000.
  • Whole Body PET Scan cost in Hinduja Hospital would be in the range of Rs.25,000 to Rs.27,000
  • Whole Body PET Scan cost in Nanavati Hospital would be in the range of Rs.17,000 to Rs.26,000

PET Scan Cost in Mumbai:

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This is an indicative list of prices for  cost of PET scan in Mumbai:

PET scan centres across India:

This is an indicative list of prices for PET scan :

Cost of PET scan in Mumbai – Rs 8,000
Cost of PET scan in Chennai – Rs.12,000
Cost of PET scan in Hyderabad – Rs 9,999
Cost of PET scan in New Delhi – Rs 9,999
Cost of PET scan in Surat – Rs 12,000
Cost of PET scan in Vadodara – Rs 12,000
Cost of PET scan in Pune – Rs 13,000
Cost of PET scan in Bengaluru – Rs 15,000
Cost of PET scan in Raipur – Rs. 16,000
Cost of PET scan in Jaipur – Rs. 12,000
Cost of PET scan in Aurangabad – Rs. 12,000

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