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Does radioactive dye injection have side effects of blood infection?

Does radioactive dye injection have side effects of blood infection?

should not: The radioactive dye should be sterile and not cause infection. However, if the site of injection is not cleaned properly or the IV used for the injection becomes infected, there can be a risk of blood infection. ...Read more

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Radioactive (Definition)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, ...Read more


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Side effects of radiation dyes in system?

Side effects of radiation dyes in system?

Radioactive Dyes or: 'tracers' are special dyes usually given through an IV as part of a nuclear medicine study. Tracers contain a small amount of a radioactive isotope that decays naturally over time and is eliminated in the urine and stool. Most nuclear med procedures are painless except for mild discomfort associated with the iv. Allergic reactions to tracers are rare. Inform the tech if you could be pregnant. ...Read more

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Can MRI contrast dye have side effects?

Can MRI contrast dye have side effects?

Yes but rare: Mri contrast can have side effects but they are extremely rare. Contrast side effects are more common with ct. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of MRI contrast dyes?

What are the side effects of MRI contrast dyes?

Check out this: link: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/mobile/en/safety/index.cfm?pg=sfty_contrast

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Are there possible negative side effects from radiopharmaceuticals? I understand that radiopharmaceuticals is when radioactive substances are injected into the body, and i assume a low amount of radiation is ok, but when does the amount of radiation injec

In : In diagnostic nuclear medicine, our goal is to use the smallest amount of radioactive tracer that will give us the diagnosis. If you have ever been in a nuclear medicine department, you will be surprised at how long it takes to acquire an image. This is the trade off. Low tracer amounts yeild long imaging times. At some point, the patient can't hold still any longer. Your second question is when does radioactivity become harmful. Any sort of ionizing radiation can cause an increased risk of cancer. Sunlight, cosmic rays, and radiation coming from our environment will all cause a small increase of cancer rates. Because of this, we are always striving to keep our doses as low as reasonably achievable (alara). Please see :http://www.Ncsu.Edu/ehs/radiation/forms/alara.Pdf for more details. ...Read more

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I read in articles that the dye used for a contrast abdominal/renal CT scan can cause many severe side effects including renal damage/failure. True?

I read in articles that the dye used for a contrast abdominal/renal CT scan can cause many severe side effects including renal damage/failure. True?

True: IV contrast can cause severe allergic reactions in some people, especially those allergic to iodine or shellfish. IV contrast is removed from the body by the kidneys. If one is dehydrated or has baseline kidney dysfunction, administration of contrast may worsen kidney function, leading to temporary or permanent kidney failure ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of being injected with raidioactive isotopes for a bone x-ray?

Are there any side effects of being injected with raidioactive isotopes for a bone x-ray?

Very little: Radioactive isotopes for bone scans are very safe. The half-life of the isotopes is relatively short so the radioactivity gives a very little dose to body ,that unless someone is pregnant ,should not be of any concern . ...Read more

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Does brachytherapy cause nausea and fatigue? Several family members have had severe nausea and fatigue from external radiation. I’m scheduled to have brachytherapy next week, and i want to know if it will cause the same side effects?

Brachyherapy : Brachyherapy for the prostate causes very little fatigue however the medications associated with the treatment can cause some fatigue the majority of patients continue to work and do all normal activities several days after treatment. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of radiation and what can I do to reduce them?

What are the common side effects of radiation and what can I do to reduce them?

Quite varied dependi: The most common side effects are mild skin burn which may cause some redness after 2-3 weeks of starting radiation treatment. There are similar effects on the mucus memberanes which can become quite sore and sometimes form ulcers. There are also some long term effects on the internal organs which your radiation oncologist will inform you about, if you ask about them and share your concerns. ...Read more

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What are oral radiation side effects?

What are oral radiation side effects?

Assuming you mean: Effects of radiotherapy when the mouth is being radiated? Dry mouth, then oropharyngeal mucositis, usually worse when chemotherapy is added. It is the reason i advocate a peg feeding tube before embarking on therapy. Swallowing functional impairment is the late effect. ...Read more

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