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Could you go through the airport scanners after the myocardial perfusion scan?
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Radiation used for myocaardial scan is low level ionizing radiation called isotope.
Which decays with time, and detected by geiger or special gamma camera. Airport detectors are used to pick up metal objects. Low level xray scanners at airports also pick up metal hareware, sometimes plastic, calcium medications, again looking for foreign objects.

In brief: Yes
Radiation used for myocaardial scan is low level ionizing radiation called isotope.
Which decays with time, and detected by geiger or special gamma camera. Airport detectors are used to pick up metal objects. Low level xray scanners at airports also pick up metal hareware, sometimes plastic, calcium medications, again looking for foreign objects.
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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Indeed
However it would be a good idea to ask your cardiologist for a letter attesting to your test, the time, the isotope used, the half-life of that isotope, etc.
The most commonly used isotope is technitium sestamibi 99 which has a half-life of only 6 hours, however when this radioactive isotope is in short or limited supply, thallium is often substituted, which has a half life of over 73 hours.

In brief: Indeed
However it would be a good idea to ask your cardiologist for a letter attesting to your test, the time, the isotope used, the half-life of that isotope, etc.
The most commonly used isotope is technitium sestamibi 99 which has a half-life of only 6 hours, however when this radioactive isotope is in short or limited supply, thallium is often substituted, which has a half life of over 73 hours.
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
In brief: Not necessarily
Airports and border crossings may have radiation detectors that you will set off right after a myocardial perfusion scan.
Get a signed note from the clinic stating what test was done, and the radiotracer used. For tc99m studies you might want to wait several days before crossing a border. For thallium studies, you may want to wait a few weeks.

In brief: Not necessarily
Airports and border crossings may have radiation detectors that you will set off right after a myocardial perfusion scan.
Get a signed note from the clinic stating what test was done, and the radiotracer used. For tc99m studies you might want to wait several days before crossing a border. For thallium studies, you may want to wait a few weeks.
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