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What are common side effects from the radioisotope in a myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 47 years experience
None: Since you are getting radioactive substances you shouldn't be pregnant or even hold an infant in you lap for 24 hours after the test. For this reason i avoid this test in women in the reproductive years if i can.
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
None: There are no common side-effects from the radioisotope. There have been very rare reports of allergy. There is a theoretical, but unproven risk of the radiation inducing a cancer 10 to 20 years later. There also is a theoretical, but unproven risk of radiation myocarditis. The radiation exposure of 1 rem (about 10 msv ) has not been shown to be harmful. See http://sgoti.Ws/qmhwh7.
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