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A 33-year-old member asked:

is it safe to have a myocardial perfusion scan done without a cardiologist?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Probably: At some hospitals, physicians assistants are who is actually present during the study. As these tests usually involve some type of stressing of the heart, it is important that whoever is supervising the test has the knowledge to make the decision that the patient is stable and that it is safe.. In most cases, a cardiologist has had some input in that decision even if not there for the test.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Most cardiologists are not trained to perform myocardial perfusion scans. The primary training for this procedure is done in nuclear medicine residencies. So, i would say that very frequently you are safer to have the scan done in a nuclear medicine clinic by a nuclear medicine specialist. Some cardiologists also specialize in this but not all.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
The cardiologist is usually present for clinical support if patient has untoward event during the test.Test usually utilizes stress or pharmacological induced stress.
Jul 7, 2013

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can someone drive home after a myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: Yes.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes, once released by the clinic the patient is deemed safe from a radiation standpoint to do normal activities. Sometimes people are tired from the exercise part of the test and from the stress of having a heart scan done, so having some help with driving can be helpful.
Dec 5, 2012
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How does the radioactivity affect someone after the myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Cancer risk: It is important to remember that tests commonly done, such as myocardial perfusion scans, ct scans, and plain xrays, expose you to radiation. It adds up. There is an increased incidence of cancer many years later. We cannot practice medicine without those tests but they should only be performed when absolutely necessary. You should question the need for tests involving radiation exposure.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the risks in having a myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 28 years experience
Minimal : There is a small amount of radiation from the scan but it is less than from a cat scan. If you do an exercise stress test, there is a small risk from the exercise portion but you are continuously monitored for any problems. Your job is to report any difficulties or symptoms during the test.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the function of a myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Blood flow to heart: It shows blood flow to the heart. It can show old scar of a heart attack or heart muscle that is not getting enough blood , which could mean a future heart attack.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the purpose of a myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Nuclear stress test: This is a specialized form of stress test used to confirm the presence of coronary artery disease in patients suspected of having this problem. It uses a low-level nuclear tracer to assess blood flow to the heart muscle before and after exercise-induced stress. In patients who cannot exercise, other pharmacologic means can be used such as adenosine, lexiscan, persantine, or dobutamine.

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