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Could nuclear stress tests be false?

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
17 years experience in Nuclear Medicine
Yes...: Yes...Nuclear stress tests can have false positive results. There are different types of nuclear stress tests. There is treadmill vs. Pharmacologic and there is spect vs. Pet. There are also many different tracers such as thallium or technetium for spect and ammonia or rubidium for pet. Each type of test has its own possible pitfalls. Artifacts are often the case of false positive.
Answered on Sep 6, 2019
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