Onco Life Hospitals

Pet/CT Scan


PET/CT Scan plays a vital role in detection of Cancer in any part of the body. More than 75% of people suspected of cancer/ cancer patients are to get a PET/CT Scan done.This advanced nuclear imaging technique combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) into one machine. A PET/CT scan reveals information about both the structure and function of cells and tissues in the body during a single imaging session.

During a PET/CT scan, the patient is first injected with a glucose (sugar) solution that contains a very small amount of radioactive material. The substance is absorbed by the particular organs or tissues being examined. The patient rests on a table and slides into a large tunnel-shaped scanner. The PET/CT scanner is then able to “see” damaged or cancerous cells where the glucose is being taken up (cancer cells often use more glucose than normal cells) and the rate at which the tumour is using the glucose (which may help determine the tumour grade). The procedure is painless and varies in length, depending on the part of the body that is being evaluated.

By combining information about the body’s anatomy and metabolic function, a PET/CT scan provides a more detailed picture of cancerous tissues than either test does alone. The images are captured in a single scan, which provides a high level of accuracy.

We house the latest PET/CT Scan Machine which provides high precision & clarity along with lesser procedure time.

A PET-CT scan can help you a CT scan and a PET scan. It gives detailed information about the cancer.

A PET-CT scan helps in:

Diagnosing Cancer

Finding out how big a cancer is and whether it has spread (stage a cancer)
Deciding whether you can have surgery to remove your cancer.
Deciding which is the best course of treatment.
Checking whether your cancer has come back

A PET-CT scan can help u learn the cancer’s exact stage. Stage is set based on where and how much it has spread, and if it is changing how your organs work. Understanding this helps you and your doctor choose the best treatment. It also helps doctors anticipate your chance of recovery.

Doctors also use PET-CT scans for:

Finding the right place to do a biopsy.
Finding out if the cancer treatment provided is working as per expectations.
Evaluating how well the treatment has worked so far.
PET-CT scan in the radiology department as an outpatient. A radiographer operates the scanner. It usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Days: Monday – Saturday | Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | Remark: with Prior appointment

The following are considered to be the biggest advantages of a PET CT Scan

Advantages :

Most Popular Questions

1)X-rays are useful for limited disorder and conditions .

2) CT scan better delineates soft tissue legion, fractures, tumours, fluid collection in the body as compared to x-ray.

3) MRI delineates nerves,blood vessels,brain legions,spinal cord legion and soft tissue tumours better than ct scan.

4)PET scans identifies sides of active influammtion ,infection and cancer.this helps in identifying all sides before starting of treatment and re-assessment after completions of treatment.

You would be then directed to a room where a small dosage of 18 F – FDG / Sodium Fluoride will be injected in your vein. After injection, you would be asked to quietly relax and rest in a separate room at our Centre for about an hour before you are taken up for the scan. During this resting period, unless recommended by our staff, no attendants or relatives would be permitted to stay with you in this separate waiting room. You are advised to stay calm, restrict physical movements and avoid talking to others while present in the room. In case you feel any vomiting sensation or giddiness, inform the staff immediately by pressing the call bell. You may be given oral contrast to drink. You will have to finish drinking it in around 30 minutes. This helps to get a better image quality. However, don’t force yourself to drink it in case you are feeling nauseatic.You would be required to drink plenty of water after the injection and till you are in the waiting room.

You will be asked to void (pass urine) before starting the scanning procedure. Take care to ensure that you don’t spill urine on any of your body parts. You would be asked to lie down flat on your back on the bed of the PET-CT scanner and are expected to remain still during the entire scanning period of 15-20 minutes. Your body would pass through a dough-nut like structure for obtaining the scan. Please let us know if you are claustrophobic or anxious. You would be informed about the beginning and end of the scanning procedure by our staff. After the completion of the scanning, you will be asked to sit in another room for some time.

The Nueclear staff in the mean time will evaluate your PET-CT images and if needed may repeat your whole body scan. Your PET-CT scan would be finally evaluated by our experienced Nuclear Medicine Physician.

Cost of the Pet ct scanner ,Cost of the set-up is usually in millions. The support staff & doctors for PET-CT Scan are very expensive as they are specialised in this particular field. These highly trained technicians are required to operate these machine..Additionally cost of radioisotope and maintenance charges of the machine is also very high all these factors add to the cost of performing these scan.

The cost for a whole body PET/CT scan is Rs. 15000–27000, depending on the type of radioisotopes required for the scan

Onco-life cancer centre does offer PET CT scan at very low cost without any hidden charges