Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Experience. Expertly trained radiologists at Mayo Clinic perform and interpret the results of more than 14,000 PET scans annually.
  • Technology. Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have state-of-the-art PET scanners. Some of the machines are combined PET and CT scanners, which yield enhanced images. Mayo Clinic also combines PET and MRI scansin some situations.
  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic radiologists work with your doctor to help develop the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
  • Innovation. Mayo Clinic was the first institution approved by the Food and Drug Administration to produce an imaging agent (Choline C-11) that helps detect recurrences of prostate cancer, often before they can be detected by any other means. Mayo Clinic uses this agent during PET scans.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic's highly specialized radiology teams perform and interpret more than 14,000 PET scans each year. This large number of cases, integrated with ongoing research and education, results in broad expertise in the imaging and treatment of diseases affecting people of all ages.

Mayo Clinic developed a technology to pinpoint prostate cancers that recur after treatment. Called Choline C-11 PET scan, this test is available at Mayo Clinic to men with recurrent or difficult-to-treat prostate cancer.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

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