As was stated in a previous article, it is believed that SPECT scans can detect fibromyalgia. I’ve had requests for SPECT scan locations and costs. I’ll do my best to answer those questions.
From the information I was able to find, these scans can run anywhere from $1,000 to over $4,000 depending on where you are and what is included in the test.
They aren’t cheap and often are not covered by insurance. Check with wherever you decide to go for payment plans and, if covered by insurance, get a preauthorization to avoid problems when filing the claim. A call to your insurance carrier will give you the information you need.
Mayo Clinic is able to perform SPECT Scans. Mayo Clinic’s main location is Rochester, MN. There are other major facilities located in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ and in Jacksonville, FL. Mayo Clinic has facilities in almost all the states. For instance, Wisconsin has five but not all of them are large enough to have the equipment to do these scans. Their site doesn’t give a lot of information on cost but a phone call to their main office in Rochester, MN at 507-266-7890 or you could use the toll free number at their Phoenix, AZ location 800-603-0558 to get more information.
Amen Clinics in California have a “package ” deal with their SPECT scans. They do a four day evaluation and then give you several scans, including two SPECT scans. Their cost is $3,575 to $4,125. I’m not sure what the cost of just the SPECT scan(s) would be. Their testing is extremely comprehensive. Everywhere I look this name keeps showing up. Even Health Central indicates they are a good place to go.Their toll free number is 888-564-2700.
Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati, OH has several locations that perform this test. The cost for this test wasn’t listed on their site. They can be contacted at 800-
325-7787 for more information. Mayfield Clinic specializes in medical imaging.
John Hopkins in Baltimore, MD has equipment available for scans on small animals but I didn’t find anything for humans.
Cedar Sanai Medical Centers in Los Angeles, CA offers these scans also. Their toll free number is 888-233-2771. Here again, I could not find any information on the cost for the exam.
These SPECT scan locations and costs are the ones I was able to find. By calling one of these locations you might be able to be referred to a facility closer to your area.
A SPECT scan shows the blood flow through the brain. It can tell your doctor if you are getting all the blood you need to function normally.
This scan is done by injecting a radioactive material into your vein and watching it circulate through your brain. Not to worry though, the amount of radiation is less than an x-ray or CT scan. The thing to remember is that, if you’re pregnant don’t have a SPECT scan.
There are no apparent side effects connected with this exam.
Personally, if I could afford to have this done I would. I know it would be a relief to me to see what this scan shows and I would want the films of the scan to be sent to my primary doctor(s).
Do your due diligence and contacts your insurance company to see if they will cover this test. You can also contact these centers to see if any of the SPECT Scan Locations offer payment plans.
Best of luck to you all,