How much money does a PET scan cost?
A PET-CT scan can cost $5,000 or more, according to one U.S.
That does not include the cost of added tests and procedures due to false alarms.
Some insurance plans do not pay for routine (surveillance) PET scans in a healthy patient who has completed cancer treatment.
Do all cancers show up on a PET scan?
PET scans detect areas of activity (like cell growth) in the body. More radioactive material collects in cancer cells than normal cells and will appear brighter on the image. Not all cancers show up on a PET scan. PET scan results are often used with other imaging and lab test results.
Is a PET scan more expensive than a CT scan?
PET scans are most commonly used to detect cancers, heart problems, brain disorders, and problems with the nervous system. PET scans take between 2-4 hours to complete, and are significantly more expensive than CT scans. The radiation exposure of a PET scan is about the same as an x-ray.
How dangerous is a PET scan?
The PET scan involves radioactive tracers, but the exposure to harmful radiation is minimal. According to the Mayo Clinic, the amount of radiation in the tracer is small, so the risks to your body are low.