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Can someone drive home after a myocardial perfusion scan?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes.

In brief: Yes

Yes.
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Yes, once released by the clinic the patient is deemed safe from a radiation standpoint to do normal activities. Sometimes people are tired from the exercise part of the test and from the stress of having a heart scan done, so having some help with driving can be helpful.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

No sedatives or anesthesia is used for myocardial scans.
Isotopes that selectively go to heart muscle are used. These radio pharmaceuticals do not have any effect that would prevent driving home. If test includes physical stress, patient will recover to normal state before leaving department. Cardiologist is continually monitoring heart beat, blood pressure, etc.

In brief: Yes

No sedatives or anesthesia is used for myocardial scans.
Isotopes that selectively go to heart muscle are used. These radio pharmaceuticals do not have any effect that would prevent driving home. If test includes physical stress, patient will recover to normal state before leaving department. Cardiologist is continually monitoring heart beat, blood pressure, etc.
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

You can drive home unless you are administered a medication for relaxation during the test as is sometimes necessary for people with severe claustrophobia.
However, this is very, very rare because nuclear cameras are so open. Nearly 100% of the people who get a myocardial perfusion scan can drive home safely after the test.

In brief: Yes

You can drive home unless you are administered a medication for relaxation during the test as is sometimes necessary for people with severe claustrophobia.
However, this is very, very rare because nuclear cameras are so open. Nearly 100% of the people who get a myocardial perfusion scan can drive home safely after the test.
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