How Much Does a PET Scan Cost?

A PET scan, also known as a positron emission tomography, is a nuclear medicine technique that can produce detailed 3D images.  This test will detect radiation from the emission of positrons, which are smaller particles that are emitted from the radioactive material the scan emits.  With this test, it will help reveal how the tissues are organs are functioning inside your body.  This type of scan is often preferable because it can show how the tissues and organs are working rather than just showing them, and most physicians will recommend this scan for the brain, breasts, lungs and/or heart if they suspect cancer or another disease.

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How much does a pet scan cost?

Type of PET ScanAverage Price
Brain$2,100 to $9,500
Brain/Skull$4,000 to $11,000
Chest to Neck$3,000 to $9,000
Heart$2,500 to $12,000+
Whole Body$3,000 to $9,500

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