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Why Indonesians Travel to SEA for PET Imaging of Skull

PET (positron emission tomography) scan of the skull is a useful nuclear imaging technique that is heavily used in clinical oncology or cancer care. It can be used to diagnose brain diseases and map human brain function. The results of the procedure allow doctors to customise treatment to improve outcomes and enhance patient safety.

PET scan is widely available in Indonesia but many patients from this country still prefer that the procedure be performed in more developed nations. Many of these patients seek second opinion before agreeing to any treatment especially if it requires highly invasive surgery.

Aside from travelling to the United States or Europe, you also have the option to have the procedure done in Southeast Asia. One of your best options is going to Singapore, which health care system is recognised as one of the best in the world. The majority of hospitals in this country use high-performance equipment to deliver fast diagnostics with a high level of accuracy. Most of them also perform the procedure in conjunction with computerised tomography (CT) scans. A PET-CT scan is a revolutionary method that adds precision of anatomic localisation to functional imaging. Other Southeast Asian countries that you can consider are Malaysia and Thailand.

Many Southeast Asian hospitals that offer nuclear medicine are accredited by highly respected international organisations such as the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO), giving these hospitals a seal of trust and excellence in the field of healthcare. Also, nuclear medicine technologists in the region are highly trained and undergo a rigorous credentialing process before they are licensed to practice. Those who serve at JCI-accredited facilities often undergo postgraduate training to stay up-to-date with the latest in their field.

Despite using the same technology and world-class facilities as Western countries, the cost of PET imaging of the skull in Southeast Asia can be up to 75% cheaper.

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