An imaging test using a radioactive tracer to examine diseases in the body is known as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan. It is different from MRI and CT scans. Machines that combine PET and CT images, called PET/CT, are commonly used.
PET scans are used to study various conditions, including Cancer, Brain disorders such as epilepsy, Heart disease, etc.
A small amount of radioactive tracer used in PET scans is given through a vein (IV). The needle is inserted on the inside of the patient's elbow. After traveling through the blood, the tracer collects in organs and tissues, which helps the radiologist see certain areas more clearly.
The patient must wait as the body absorbs the tracer, which may take about 1 hour. The patient then lies on a narrow table that slides into a large tunnel-shaped scanner. The PET detects signals from the tracer.
A computer changes the signs into 3D pictures, displaying the images on a monitor for the healthcare provider to read. The patient must lie still during the test, as too much movement can blur images and cause errors. Depending on the body part being scanned, the test time may vary.Pet Scan cost in Thailand is between USD 1530 to USD 1870. The total cost of the treatment depends on the diagnosis and facilities opted by the patient.
The cost of PET Scan includes:
The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:
Listing approximate price of Pet Scan and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.
|Treatment name||Cost range|
|PET Scan||USD 1530 to USD 1870|
During the 4 hours before your appointment time, do not consume anything except water. Blood sugar will be checked before the scan. If the doctors find abnormal blood sugar levels, the scan will be canceled. This test cost is covered in the package, but the advance will not be refunded if the appointment got canceled.
The medicines available in the hospital are included in the package. However, any medications consumed by the patient outside the hospital charge extra.
PET Scans are usually carried out on an outpatient basis, which means you don’t have to stay in the hospital overnight. After the medicine is injected, you have to rest for about 45-60 minutes in the isolation room without moving and talking. After the test, you can go home and resume your normal activities. You have to stay outside the hospital and visit your doctor 1 or 2 weeks after the scan to get the results.
PET scans are used to determine how much cancer is in your body and how far cancer has spread. After the scan, the real treatment will start for the particular types of cancer. PET scans are also used during the follow-up stages after treating cancer to catch potential recurrences.
Many insurance companies offer coverage for PET scans as part of hospitalization expenses.
You can go for nuclear medicine scan, MRI scan, and CT scan. But PET scan is more sensitive than other imaging tests and can also show changes in your body sooner.
For patients planning to travel abroad it is useful to know the price in destinations popular with medical travellers. The price for Pet Scan in different countries is approximately:
A nuclear medicine specialist or a radiologist performs PET scans.
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