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Cost Estimate For PET Scan In India


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PET Scan Cost

USD 450

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Total Cost

USD 510

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PET Scan Cost USD 450

Budget Stay Expenses (2 person * 2 days * 15 USD) USD 60

Airport Pickup Charges (Free service provided by easycure ) USD 0

Interpreter Charges (Free service provided by easycure ) USD 0

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PET Scan Overview

Position Emission Tomography (PET) scan is a diagnostic procedure done to check for diseases in your body. A diseased cell shows more chemical activities then a normal cell, thus, PET scan uses a special dye that has radioactive tracer which are either swallowed, inhaled, or injected into a vein in your arm depending on what part of the body is being examined. Your organs and tissues then absorb the tracer and areas of disease will show up as bright spots on the PET scan. Combined with a CT or MRI scan, a PET scan can produce multidimensional, colour images of the inside workings of the human body.

PET scan helps in identifying problems at cellular level and checks blood flow, oxygen intake, or the metabolism of organs and tissues. It is commonly done to get the best view of complex systemic diseases such as Heart diseases, Cancer or Brain and CNS.

Popular Hospitals That Offer PET Scan In India

Manipal Hospital

Palam Vihar, Sector 6, Dwarka, New Delhi, Delhi 110075

Medanta - The Medicity

Sector 38, Gurugram, Haryana 122018


Before undergoing a PET scan, you may be asked to refrain from strenuous physical activity, such as exercise, in the 24 to 48 hours preceding the test. Around 6 hours before the procedure you’ll be asked to stick to a low-carbohydrate, no-sugar diet. If you are taking any over the counter drugs or supplements, it may be stopped before the procedure.


Depending on the reason for PET scan, decision for anaesthesia will be decided. Before the scan, you’ll be injected with tracers through a vein in your arm, or through a solution you drink, or in a gas you inhale. Your body needs time to absorb the tracers, so you’ll be asked to wait about an hour before the scan begins. Time taken by your body to fully absorb the tracer will depend on the area of the body being scanned.

During the waiting time, you’ll be asked to limit any movement, relax, and try to stay warm. If you’re undergoing a brain scan, you may be asked to avoid television, music, and reading. Next, you’ll undergo the scan, which can last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. This involves lying on a narrow table attached to a PET machine, which looks like a giant letter “O.” The table glides slowly into the machine so that the scan can be conducted. You’ll need to lie still during the scan. You may be asked to hold your breath for several seconds. You’ll hear buzzing and clicking noises during the test. Depending on which organ or tissue is being examined, additional tests involving other tracers or drugs may be used, which could lengthen the procedure time to three hours. For example, if you are being examined for heart disease, you may undergo a PET scan both before and after exercising or before and after receiving intravenous medication that increases blood flow to the heart. When all the necessary images have been recorded, you’ll slide out of the machine. The test is then complete.


Usually a PET scan procedure typically takes about 2 hours to complete and is done on an outpatient basis means you may be discharged the same day. You should drink plenty of fluids to get rid of radioactive tracers out of your system more quickly. Usually all tracers leave your body after two days. Meanwhile your scan images will be shared with your doctor and you will be called for follow-up after 2-3 days.


Unless any special instructions given, you may resume your normal activities after your nuclear medicine scan. If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by a technologist, nurse or physician before you leave the nuclear medicine department. You can eat and drink normally after the scan.

Through the natural process of radioactive decay, the small amount of radiotracer in your body will lose its radioactivity over time. It may also pass out of your body through your urine or stool during the first few hours or days following the test. You should also drink plenty of water to help flush the radioactive material out of your body as instructed by the nuclear medicine personnel.

Frequently Asked Questions About PET Scan

Q: Is PET scan a painful procedure?
A: No, PET scan is a painless procedure and only little pain is there because of intravenous injections.

Q: How will I feel when the drug is given orally of inhaled
A: When swallowed, the radiotracer has little or no taste. When inhaled, you should feel no differently than when breathing room air or holding your breath.

Q: What if a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding, can they undergo a PET scan?
A: Pregnant women should not consider PET scan as it can be harmful for the baby. If you are breastfeeding, you may be asked not to feed for some time after the scan so it is advisable to pump and keep the milk for one feed.

Q: How safe is a PET scan?
A: PET scan is generally safe and there are no known side-effects as such. The injection is made up of radioactive glucose (sugar) and a PET scan provides an approximately equivalent amount of radiation exposure as several chest x-rays.

Q: PET scan can show all types of cancers ?
A: Like all tests, PET scan also have limitations and one being it does not work for all cancers. when a PET Scan detects uptake of the tracer, it means that it might be cancer, but is not definite.

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