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What is a PET/CT?
PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography and CT stands for Computed Tomography, PET/CT is the combination of these two imaging techniques in one exam, a PET scan and a CT scan. Both of these are standard imaging tools that physicians use to locate diseases in the body. The PET scan provides unique information about the biological function of the body before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the body’s anatomy, such as size, shape and location. The PET/CT scan helps physicians better understand the extent and the exact location of disease. By combining these two technologies, physicians can more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorders. PET/CT allows physicians to develop the best treatment plan for that specific patient. When CT or MRI is negative or inconclusive PET/CT can reveal disease.
Why might my physician refer me for a PET/CT scan?
PET/CT can provide early diagnosis and accurate identification of cancer in your body. During and after treatment, PET/CT can assess whether the treatment has been successful, by showing a decrease in glucose utilization by the tumor. PET/CT can be used for restaging, and provides early detection and localization or cancer recurrence. It can be critical in evaluation of patients in whom previous surgery or radiation therapy has resulted in scarring and distortion of normal anatomy. PET/CT also can be useful for cardiac patients and patients with epilepsy who are being considered for epilepsy surgery.
Is PET/CT covered by insurance?
Medicare and most insurance cover PET/CT for many conditions. *Some insurance covers additional conditions for which PET/CT is useful.
*Disease for which PET/CT is covered by private insurance or Medicare (CMS):
Cancers: Breast, Colorectal, Esophageal, Head and Neck, Lung, Lymphoma, Melanoma & Thyroid.
Non Cancer Conditions: Solitary pulmonary nodule, epilepsy (pre-surgical evaluation), Cardiac perfusion, Cardiac viability