24 doctors weighed in:
How come it's "safe" to take the nuclear stuff for a nuclear medicine scan?
24 doctors weighed in

Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
Nuclear Medicine
16 doctors agree
In brief: SMALL DOSE
It is relatively safe to take nuclear stuff for medical reason because the information you receive from the nuclear medicine scan (benefit) outweighs the small risk (small amount of radiation) that you receive from it.
It has less risk that an x-ray, less risk than cigarette smoking, less risk than flying from new york to los angeles, and less risk than spending a day at the beach under hot sun.

In brief: SMALL DOSE
It is relatively safe to take nuclear stuff for medical reason because the information you receive from the nuclear medicine scan (benefit) outweighs the small risk (small amount of radiation) that you receive from it.
It has less risk that an x-ray, less risk than cigarette smoking, less risk than flying from new york to los angeles, and less risk than spending a day at the beach under hot sun.
Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Also, the nuclear "stuff" has a half-life of about 1 1/2 times the length of the study so an adequate study is achieved before the "stuff" no longer works. Consequently, radioactive exposure is kept to a minimum.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Radiation low
The amount of radiation received is acceptable dose if information gained from scan outweighs any radiation risk and helps diagnose problem that then can be treated appropriately.

In brief: Radiation low
The amount of radiation received is acceptable dose if information gained from scan outweighs any radiation risk and helps diagnose problem that then can be treated appropriately.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Thank
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: We think very
Like lots of things, excess can be harmful but in small doses there is no harm. We say it is "safe" because there is no evidence that it causes any harm. Research of course is ongoing but in low doses, radiation has not been clearly shown to cause harm.

In brief: We think very
Like lots of things, excess can be harmful but in small doses there is no harm. We say it is "safe" because there is no evidence that it causes any harm. Research of course is ongoing but in low doses, radiation has not been clearly shown to cause harm.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
Thank
Dr. Robert Carroll
Nuclear Medicine
In brief: Tiny dose
Most of the rays pass through your body without depositing dose.
Those rays are available to the camera to make the diagnostic image.

In brief: Tiny dose
Most of the rays pass through your body without depositing dose.
Those rays are available to the camera to make the diagnostic image.
Dr. Robert Carroll
Dr. Robert Carroll
Thank
Read more answers from doctors