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A 35-year-old member asked:

Why would someone be scanned both front side and back during the myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 42 years experience
Complete imaging: The heart is a 3 dimensional structure and the images are 2 dimensional. To completely visualize the entire heart, you need more than one view. Hard to fully describe the moon without flying around to the back side.
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
The diaphragm: The position of the diaphragm can change depending upon whether you are lying down prone or supine. Scanning from both directions is sometimes used to minimize interference from the diaphragm when imaging the heart.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can someone drive home after a myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
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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