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Can people with movement disorders have a myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Yes

Any test can be completed, if really needed by using anesthesia.
Get imaging plan prepared by your doctor.

In brief: Yes

Any test can be completed, if really needed by using anesthesia.
Get imaging plan prepared by your doctor.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Mark Milunski
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Heart scans

It would depend on the severity of the movement disorder. In general, patients need to lie still while their heart images are being acquired by the nuclear camera.

In brief: Heart scans

It would depend on the severity of the movement disorder. In general, patients need to lie still while their heart images are being acquired by the nuclear camera.
Dr. Mark Milunski
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Dr. Thomas Heston
movement disorders can greatly distort the images. A CT perfusion scan may be preferable to a nuclear scan because it gathers the images very quickly.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

How much movement of the chest is present? Can this be controlled for 10 to 20 minutes? Some of the newer cameras can get the scan done in 5 minutes or even less, but most of the time you would need to have your chest stay still for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Other options may be preferable, perhaps a stress echo or cardiac ct.

In brief: Depends

How much movement of the chest is present? Can this be controlled for 10 to 20 minutes? Some of the newer cameras can get the scan done in 5 minutes or even less, but most of the time you would need to have your chest stay still for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Other options may be preferable, perhaps a stress echo or cardiac ct.
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