Full Body PET CT Scan

PET CT Scan is defined as Positron Emission Tomography. PET CT Scan is advised to look for systemic diseases. It is a form of imaging diagnostic that is done to look for complex diseases in the human body. 

A radioactive material is used that is injected into the vein of the patient, the organs are thus visualized under a PET CT scanner for any abnormality and proper functioning. The organ gets highlighted and thus it is easy to look into the scanner regarding any disease or abnormality at an early stage only. 

What affects the final cost of Full Body PET CT Scan?

There are few factors that can affect the costs

  • Choice of location
  • Choice of hospital 
  • Insurance Coverage can affect a person's out of pocket expenses


Hospitals for Full Body PET CT Scan

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About Full Body PET CT Scan

Though there are various other imaging diagnostics are available including X rays, CT scan, MRI scan but PET CT scan is a combination of positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT). This is present in a single machine and thus used together to diagnose disease and to check the proper functioning of the organs. 

The procedure is done on an OPD basis that means the patient can go back home after getting the PET CT Scan done. The procedure takes maximum 4 hours which include 1-1.5 hour of waiting time post-injection and 20 minutes of scanning time.  

PET – CT scan is done to look for complex systemic diseases. The following diseases could be identified easily under scan.

  • Cancers especially those who are at an early stage are easily identified under PET CT scan.
  • A full-body PET CT scan helps diagnose body functions, blood flow, oxygen levels in the body. 
  • Early diagnosis of the presence of cancer cells.
  • Early diagnosis of location of cancer cells and to identify whether it is spreading or not.
  • To formulate a proper and correct diagnosis along with the required treatment plan. 
  • It is also used to identify the type of cancer whether it is benign or malignant. 
  • It is widely used in diagnosing diseases of cardiac origin, brain disorders.
  • It is also used in severe infections.

Before Procedure / Treatment

It is advised to have at least 6- 8 hours fasting before the procedure that means you have to get the scan done empty stomach

The PET CT scan procedure should be done cautiously in diabetics. Diabetics are advised to keep their sugar levels under control before getting the scan done. The ideal reading should be below 200 mg/dl. Insulin is not advised at least before 2 hours of getting a scan. However, the patient can take his oral diabetic medication before the scan. Diabetics can take the meal 6 hours before the scan. 

It is advised to tell your doctor regarding any medication you are taking for example of blood pressure, blood sugar so that you could advise you on the right time to take it. 

If you are a pregnant or lactating mother always inform your doctor prior only. 

It is advised to remove your jewelry and dress comfortably in clothes that do not have zips etc. 

You must always inform your doctor if you have any allergies or you are allergic to anything.

Cautions are taken for patients having severe kidney diseases, the creatinine levels need to be under control. 

How it Performed?

The procedure involves injecting a solution in the vein of the patient which is a mixture of glucose and radioactive material. The organ that is scanned absorb this solution thus becomes highlighted and the doctor can check for the functioning of the organ.

After placing the cannula into the vein, the radiotracer is pushed in the vein, and the patient is advised for at least 1- 1.5 hours in a separate room, within this time the radiotracer is absorbed, after that the scanning is done which only takes maximum 20 minutes. 


The patient can return home after a maximum of 3-4 hours once the scanning is done and is advised to drink plenty of water to remove the radioactive substance from the body. You can carry your normal activities, can go back home on your own as it is a painless procedure, you can have your insulin and food after it.

PET CT scans carry the risk of radiation so it is advised not to carry this procedure unnecessarily and should get it done under the advice of your doctor or healthcare provider.

Top 10 Hospitals for Full Body PET CT Scan

Following are the best 10 hospitals for Full Body PET CT Scan in the world:

# Hospital Country City Price
1 BLK-MAX Super Specialty Hospital India New Delhi ---    
2 Chiangmai Ram Hospital Thailand Chiang Mai ---    
3 Medipol Mega University Hospital Turkey Istanbul ---    
4 Nanoori hospital South Korea Seoul ---    
5 Apollo Gleneagles Hospital India Kolkata ---    
6 Thumbay Hospital United Arab Emirates Dubai ---    
7 European Health Centre Poland Otwock ---    
8 Makati Medical Center Philippines Cebu City ---    
9 Netcare Linksfield Hospital South Africa Johannesburg ---    
10 Indraprastha Apollo Hospital Delhi India New Delhi ---    

Best doctors for Full Body PET CT Scan

Following are the best doctors for Full Body PET CT Scan in the world:

1 Dr. Ripen Gupta Cardiologist Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dha...
2 Dr. Harsh Vardhan Cardiologist Primus Super Specialty Ho...
3 Dr. Subhash Manchanda Cardiologist Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
4 Dr. Noaline Sinha Medical Oncologist Artemis Hospital
5 Dr. Govini Balasubramani Cardiothoracic Surgeon Metro Hospital and Heart...
6 Dr. Santosh Kumar Dora Cardiologist Asian Heart Institute
7 Prof. Dr. med. Uwe Haberkorn Internal Medicine Heidelberg University Hos...
8 Dr. Imran Mirza Pathologist Cleveland Clinic

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The information on this page was reviewed and approved by Mozocare team. This page was updated on 02 Jun, 2021.

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