Cardiac PET Viability Test, Procedure and Cost

PET Viability Scan Cardiac

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) viability imaging test helps to know how much muscle heart attack is damaged in the heart. Why is it done? This imaging test also helps to decide whether a patient needs to go for Angiography, Heart Transplant, Cardiac Bypass Surgery, or any other...

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Positron Emission Tomography (PET) viability imaging test helps to know how much muscle heart attack is damaged in the heart.

Why is it done?

This imaging test also helps to decide whether a patient needs to go for Angiography, Heart Transplant, Cardiac Bypass Surgery, or any other treatment.


Radiologists will inject radioactive tracer (either rubidium-82 or ammonia-13) to your bloodstream and tie (if needed) to a narrow moving table before inserting into a highly advanced scanner. Machine takes around 30-45 minutes to capture the images of the targeted area with the help of a computer.

How does one prepare for a test?

You are advised to avoid a carbohydrate-rich diet before 24 hours and observe fasting as instructed by the Radiologist (basically 6-8 hours) before undergoing the test. Leave all metal items at home and wear loose and comfortable clothes.

Required documents:

  • Doctor's prescription slip
  • Documents related to medical history
  • Any valid ID proof for verification 


It is a comparatively safe test to undergo. However, maintain a safe distance from ladies and children for the next few days. Drink a lot of water to drain radioactive tracers.

Cost of PET Viability Scan

This test costs around Rs.27,000-28,000/- Reach certified diagnostic centre as early as possible for best results.

Test Type PET Viability Scan Cardiac

PET Viability Scan Cardiac (PET Scan

  • Book your slot, one day before the test.
  • Wear loose-fitting cloth.
  • Remove the object that contains Metal, such as Jewellery, Hair Clips, watches, Rings, or any other similar objects from scanning part of the body, so as to avoid a bright or blank spot on the diagnostic film.
  • You must inform the technologist, radiology nurse, and/or physician if you have allergies, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are on medication.
  • Minimum 4 hours fasting required.
  • Latest (1 Week) Serum Creatinine or KFT and Blood Sugar reports required.
  • Bring all documents and reports related to medical history like MRI, CT Scan, Biopsy, FNAC, and Previous Pet ct reports (if available).
  • Carry your ID Proof.
  • Available at the Ganesh Diagnostic centre between 7.30 to 8.30, after 8.30 not allowed.

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Test Price ₹ 14000 ₹ 28000
Frequently Asked Questions

The PET Viability Imaging is a Positron emission tomography (PET) viability imaging, which is used to further assess how much could the heart muscle could be damaged by heart attack or due to any heart disease.

This test is also used to determine whether the patient would be requiring angiography, any cardiac bypass surgery, the heart transplant or any other procedures.

  • When booking for the appointment, keep the following points in mind.
  • Kindly inform us claustrophobic, or discuss this with the respective doctor.
  • Kindly inform us if could be diabetic, so in that case, the appointment would be scheduled appropriately.

There are known to be two parts to this viability test.

  • Firstly, the scan would be done to measure the resting blood flow in your heart. The radioactive tracer (that is rubidium-82 or ammonia-13) would be injected into the bloodstream and would be taken up by your heart.
  • The PET camera would then detect the radiation which is released by your tracer to produce the designated images.


  • Secondly, a different radioactive tracer would be used containing your glucose, with fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), which is injected in your body.
  • This tracer can be seen to be taken up by your heart.
  • Then, a second scan would be performed to demonstrate which parts of the heart would have been damaged. Resulting images further is based on how the different parts of the heart uses glucose—the sugar that is used by cells in the body for energy.
  • The Cells that could be damaged or even killed by the heart disease or any heart attack with the use of  little or even no glucose.
  • The healthy cells can be visualized here and the cells that could be further recovering from an injury that use more glucose.

 The two sets of PET images are reviewed together.

It is amongst a few imaging tools for which some limits have been imposed— currently, there are about three follow-up PET scans per individual, even when the doctors have only ordered them after detecting an anomaly on computed tomography (CT) scan.

It is seen that drinking plenty of the fluid post scan would help in flushing the radioactive material from the body.

As a precautionary measure, you are also advised to avoid any prolonged close contact with any pregnant women, with any babies or any young children for at least few hours after the PET scan, as one might be slightly radioactive during this period of time.

The images can be reviewed along with the appropriate medical history, any other imaging technique, reported by Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging Center by the  Nuclear Medicine Radiologist or the Nuclear Medicine Physician.

Please ensure that a follow up appointment has been made with the referring doctor to further discuss your test results.

On day of the test

There is some sort of fasting required. For about six hours prior to your test: You are advised to not eat or even drink anything, except for water.

You can also take other usual medications unless and otherwise it is directed by the physician.

You are requested to bring all of the medications along with you in its original form.

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