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Can someone drive home after a myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Thomas Heston answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Yes: You can drive home unless you are administered a medication for relaxation during the test as is sometimes necessary for people with severe claustrophobia. However, this is very, very rare because nuclear cameras are so open. Nearly 100% of the people who get a myocardial perfusion scan can drive home safely after the test.

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Dr. Gerald Mandell answered

Specializes in Nuclear Medicine

Yes: No sedatives or anesthesia is used for myocardial scans. Isotopes that selectively go to heart muscle are used. These radio pharmaceuticals do not have any effect that would prevent driving home. If test includes physical stress, patient will recover to normal state before leaving department. Cardiologist is continually monitoring heart beat, blood pressure, etc.

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