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

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

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. ...Read more

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Could you go through the airport scanners after the myocardial perfusion scan?

Could you go through the airport scanners after the myocardial perfusion scan?

Yes: Radiation used for myocaardial scan is low level ionizing radiation called isotope.Which decays with time, and detected by geiger or special gamma camera. Airport detectors are used to pick up metal objects. Low level xray scanners at airports also pick up metal hareware, sometimes plastic, calcium medications, again looking for foreign objects. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What are the risks in having a myocardial perfusion scan?

What are the risks in having a myocardial perfusion scan?

Stress associated : A myocardial perfusion scan is performed in two steps. One injection of a radiotracer at rest and another at stress ( either treadmill or pharmacological stress test with adenosine, regadenoson, dobutamine, dipyridamole). Only few skin reactions have been reported with the radiotracer injection. Risks are more associated with the stress used for the test such has angina, headache, nausea... ...Read more

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Is it safe to be around kids after a myocardial perfusion scan?

Is it safe to be around kids after a myocardial perfusion scan?

Small exposure: The doses of radiopharmaceuticals used for these scans are usually relatively low dose. However thallium (half life 2.7 days) gives more radiation than technetium sestamibi (half life 6 hrs).Radiation reduction depends mainly on two factors time and distance. If you do not stay close to child for prolonged time then radiation exposure is reduced.Growing children more sensitive to radiation. ...Read more

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What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

Cardiac imaging...: The myocardial perfusion scan is performed mostly to detect ischemia. It can also detect infarction (heart attack) as well as ejection fraction, wall motion abnormalities, and ventricular volumes. ...Read more

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