PET-CT scan is a combination of PET scan and CT scan. This is mostly used for the detection of cancer and heart diseases in our body. It is also used in some other cases like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
This is one of the most expensive radiology tests in India. Please note that in most of the centers that perform PET scan, you would need a doctor's prescription for the test. The list below can help you locate a center closest to your place.
|City||Average Price||Starting Price||Price Upto|
|Ahmedabad||Rs. 19500.00||Rs. 19000.00||Rs. 20000.00|
|Aurangabad||Rs. 17500.00||Rs. 15000.00||Rs. 20000.00|
|Bangalore||Rs. 17195.00||Rs. 4800.00||Rs. 23800.00|
|Chennai||Rs. 18594.00||Rs. 4850.00||Rs. 25000.00|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 12473.00||Rs. 5500.00||Rs. 32030.00|
|Jaipur||Rs. 17000.00||Rs. 15000.00||Rs. 21000.00|
|Kolkata||Rs. 17041.00||Rs. 5250.00||Rs. 23000.00|
|Lucknow||Rs. 23333.00||Rs. 19000.00||Rs. 30000.00|
|Mumbai||Rs. 19875.00||Rs. 13900.00||Rs. 25000.00|
|Delhi||Rs. 20458.00||Rs. 10000.00||Rs. 24500.00|
|Pune||Rs. 10064.00||Rs. 4000.00||Rs. 23000.00|
|Surat||Rs. 17800.00||Rs. 12600.00||Rs. 23000.00|
|Vadodara||Rs. 15533.00||Rs. 12600.00||Rs. 18000.00|
PET stands for positron emission tomography, that explains the mechanism of PET scan. The scan allows to view a diseased condition inside your body. When your doctor takes a closer look, he/she plans the next step to treat and eradicate the ailment from your system. If the disease cannot be cured completely, palliative measures are taken to keep the disease from spreading by controlling its growth.
A special type of dye or contrast material consisting of radioactive tracers are injected a few minutes before the scan procedure. The imaging technique utilizes properties of radioactive tracers to locate lesions, tumors, polyps, blockages, blood flow, etc. In case of detecting inflammations, infection and other diseased areas, using a radioactive dye is not necessary. As a result of which, PET CT scan can be distinguished into two basic types – scan with contrast media and scan without contrast media.
In a PET CT scan test with contrast media, lab physicians will provide radioactive tracers in the form of injection or oral medicine. A few centers also use the method of inhaling the tracers using a nebulizer. If you are allergic to such medications or dyes, inform your healthcare provider well in advance. It is important to keep your doctor updated about your previous/ongoing medication course. Some medications need to be discontinued before taking radiology tests like PET CT scan.
On a second note, PET CT test can be utilized to image a particular section of body or to scan the entire body of the patient. Based on this criteria, the time taken for the procedure varies and so does many other related aspects. For example, the type of machine used for scanning extremities is different from the full body scan machine.
The tracers are also used to study the functioning of your body tissues and organs. Cause of interruption or alteration in blood flow can be learned in detail. Coronary blood vessels, blocked passages and many other abnormal areas are easily detected under this imaging method. Overall, PET CT scan is considered a better option than CT scan or MRI due to more precise diagnosis.