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Are nuclear scans 100% accurate?

Are nuclear scans 100% accurate?

Nothing 100%: Accurate, nuclear medicine is a medical specialty involving the application of radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. In some diseases nuclear medicine studies can identify medical problems at an earlier stage than other diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine, in a sense, is "radiology done inside out" or "endo-radiology" because it records radiation emitting from within ...Read more

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Dr. Guido Davidzon
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Nuclear Scans (Definition)

From a cardiac perspective nuclear scans are performed with either exercise or medications to examine the blood flow in the heart. Before and at peak exercise the patient is given a radio tracer which travels in the blood to the heart. Pictures are take before and after exercise and compared to evaluate for any blockages in the ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: nuclear scans?

What is the definition or description of: nuclear scans?

Nuclear medicinetest: A nuclear scan refer to a medical imaging study performed in nuclear medicine, using intravenous, oral administration or inhalation of radionuclide tracers ( weakly radioactive material). According to the type of radiotracers injected, the physician will be able to evaluate the function of the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, bones, lungs, as well as cancer. Inflammation, or organ infection. ...Read more

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Coping with Nuclear or Radioactive Releases (Checklist)

Listen to instructions from Emergency Broadcast Network
daily
if must shelter in place,duct tape all outside doors,windows,chimneys
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Have a weeks worth of rations,water,iodine pills if at high risk
once
Have Batteries,flashlight,transistor radio,first aid kit handy
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Tell me what is nuclear scan the v.A has this and can be done and does exist?

Tell me what is nuclear scan the v.A has this and can be done and does exist?

Call hospital: If va means veterans administration, then most va hospitals have equipment to do basic nuclear medicine tests. Should call hospital and inquire. ...Read more

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Are nuclear scans accurate for diagnosing gallbladder troubles?

Yes for acute: The accuracy of cholescintigraphy (nuclear scan) for diagnosis of acute calculous cholecystitis has been greater than 95%, and the accuracy for acute acalculous cholecystitis is only slightly less. A normal scan with gallbladder visualization almost always excludes a diagnosis of acute cholecystitis. ...Read more

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If I eat a lot of iodine based foods before my nuclear scan, will it harm the results?

If I eat a lot of iodine based foods before my nuclear scan, will it harm the results?

Depends on…: …what type of scan you will be having. Those involving the thyroid gland may be affected by dietary iodine, but the majority of other scans use a different radiopharmaceutical. Contact the nuclear medicine department where your scan will be done for further information. They usually provide preparation info prior to a scan if any special prep is required. ...Read more

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No risk for thyroid nuclear scan?

No risk for thyroid nuclear scan?

None.: The amount of tc99m or iodine given is a small dose and does not pose a health risk for a radioactive thyroid scan. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid nuclear scan?

What is the definition or description of: thyroid nuclear scan?

Thyroid scan: This scan involves taking orally a small dose of radioactive iodine. The iodine is taken up by the thyroid and produces an image. "cold" areas are places with no iodine uptake. "hot" areas have a lot of uptake. The radiologist also calculates the percent uptake of the iodine. This test is important in the diagnosis of hyperthyoidism, thyroid cancer, and follow up of thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Question on thyroid nuclear scan - do you stay radioactive for a while?

Question on thyroid nuclear scan - do you stay radioactive for a while?

Usually 2 days: Half life for radiotracers used to image thyroid is 6 hours for Tc99m pertechnetate and 13 hours for Iodine 123. Usually two days after dose, no appreciable residual activity. ...Read more

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