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I have a lung perfusion and lung ventilation test next week.

The procedure involves injecting and inhaling nuclear matter.

Has anyone had this done? If so, could you please give me your opinions - pain? side effects? results? etc

I was going to have a CT scan but due to a mess up at the hospital they said that I should have this test instead!

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A lot of specialist xrays and scans involve putting some kind of radioactive or nuclear material into your body. That includes things like barium studies. I'd not be wanting to do this every week, or for random tests, but I think they are pretty careful about using the minimum they actually need for the test and making sure your total exposure stays within safe limits. The only one I ever had was years ago and it was a kidney test and xray. The stuff felt a bit funny being injected, but it was no big deal. So, I guess its just another one of those slightly specialised but otherwise fairly routine tests.
 

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Hi,

yes I've had that test 3 times so far. It's fine -

first you breath in some radioactive air - abosolutely no side effects and you can't feel anything/taste anything different. Then they scan you - not in a closed scanner but it's nice and open and it takes about 10 minutes or less

second you get injected with a very small amount radioactive chemical, again absolutely no side effects and you don't feel anything. Then the same scan again.

I got the results the same day . . .

good luck, and don't worry at all, it really is a painless test!

Cathy
 

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I remember having one a couple of years ago and I had to walk around the hospital between departments with a yellow and black radioactive warning sticker hanging around my neck!! There was no pain that I can recall - except the pain of an injection. After that it was a relaxing few minutes.

If I remember correctly I was also told not to go near anyone who was pregnant for 24 hours.

I got results on the same day as well.

Best of luck
Joan:rose:
 

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I have had a nuclear scan of my thyroid.

I have several MUGGA scans of my heart. They take blood and then mix nuclear med with your blood and give it back to you. Then you lay on a narrow bed and a scan goes around you.
That test was to see what my ejection fraction was.

Let us know how you do.

Lyn

 

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Surfer,

No, I have never had this done nor have I ever heard of it.

I have had other studies with nuclear dye but not this one.

Just wanted you to know I wish you luck and let us know how it goes.:wink2:
 
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