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In Miami, Florida, a full-body, positron emission tomography (PET) scan can cost more than $5000 full price. Even a brain scan alone can cost nearly $4000.

Many but not all health insurances in the US cover PET and other expensive imaging tests. If your insurance does not--and especially if you have no health insurance--be sure and tell the imaging facility this because they often give substantial discounts when you must pay out of pocket. If they don't offer, ask who to talk to about discounted rates for uninsured patients.

A PET scan is an imaging test that helps reveal how well your tissues and organs are functioning. It uses a radioactive tracer drug that may be injected, swallowed or inhaled, depending on the organ or tissue being studied. The tracer collects in areas of high chemical activity in the body, areas which often are diseased. On a PET scan, these high-activity areas show up as bright spots.

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