A positron emission tomography scan, PET scan for short, is a diagnostic imaging technique. During a PET scan session, a team of doctors and radiography technicians will take a three-dimensional scan of the entire body to view anatomical irregularities. Prior to the PET scanning session, the patient must be injected with a biologically active compound that is tagged with a safe radionuclide (tracer molecule). The PET scanning machine detects gamma rays that are emitted by the molecule, which allows it to render a map of the body. In the US and UK, PET scans cost about $7,000 or £4,500. Overseas, patients can find more affordable options.
In Mexico, Costa Rica, and Argentina, the cost of a PET scan is less than half of what it costs in the US and UK. Doctors in Latin America are trained in the use of the latest diagnostic imaging devices, and they are highly skilled and experienced at interpreting the results. Oncologists and neurosurgeons use PET scanning to detect irregularities and to chart the progress of diseases. Doctors can also use three-dimensional scans to determine how well medicines are working to treat cancer. When patients visit Latin America for PET scans, they can also take advantage of other affordable medical treatments.
In Eastern and Central Europe, patients can obtain affordable PET scans in Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Internal medicine specialists in these countries have access to the most advanced medical imaging equipment. Hospitals are clean and modern, and staff members speak English. Patients will be attended by caring doctors who work hard to provide the best care.