PET Diagnostic Imaging is Superior to SPECT Imaging
Superior Image Quality
When compared to SPECT, PET diagnostic images are far superior when it comes to cardiac imaging. Better images lead to greater diagnostic accuracy and better risk stratification (multi-vessel disease, extent, and severity).
Better Care for Obese Patients
Patients with high body mass index (BMI) are no longer a challenge. Attenuation correction artifacts are greatly reduced leading to greater accuracy in interpretations.
Imaging turn-around time is about an hour with PET diagnostic imaging as compared to 3 to 4 hours for SPECT. This greatly eases patient congestion in your facility and is far more convenient for the patient and your staff. Best of all, patients interpret this as better care.
Greatly Reduced Radiation Exposure
Patients are exposed to far less radiation during a PET diagnostic procedure as compared to SPECT.
PET imaging reimbursements average approximately $1,300 (CPT 78492 and 93015), excluding radiopharmaceuticals. By contrast, SPECT reimbursements continue to decline significantly.
Fewer Appointment Cancellations
SPECT imaging requires the use of Tc99 which is often in short supply often leading to appointment cancellations. PET imaging utilizes an onsite Isotope Generator (producing Rubidium-82).