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What is the purpose of a myocardial perfusion scan?

What is the purpose of a myocardial perfusion scan?

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. ...Read more

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What is the function of a myocardial perfusion scan?

What is the function of a myocardial perfusion scan?

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

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

Cardiac stress test..: A myocardial perfusion scan is used to detect ischemia or infarction (heart attack) and also to evaluation cardiac function (ejection fraction) and ventricular volumes. If there is significant ischemia sometimes a stent can be placed to prevent infarction. ...Read more

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What are nursing interventions after a myocardial perfusion scan?

What are nursing interventions after a myocardial perfusion scan?

Minimal: 1. Encourage good hydration to encourage washout of the tracer from the kidneys. Be careful against over-hydration in cardiac patients. 2. Rest - usually the patient will have undergone an exercise or pharmacologic stress test, and will be tired. 3. As in any cardiac patient, close monitoring is recommended. ...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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