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Nuclear Medicine Ventilation/ Perfusion Lung Scan

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    Nuclear Medicine Ventilation/ Perfusion Lung Scan Nuclear Medicine Ventilation/ Perfusion Lung Scan Presentation Transcript

    • administration of a very small amount of a acquisition as movement may result in the Nuclear Medicine radioactive material which is quickly need for additional scans. Ventilation/ Perfusion cleared from your body. The amount of radiation you will receive is comparable to Lung Scan that from an x-ray CT scan. POTENTIAL RISKS A ventilation/ perfusion lung scan is not recommended during pregnancy. Discuss Your Lung Scan is scheduled at Jamestown PREPARATION this matter with your physician before Hospital on 1. Inform your physician or the undergoing the procedure. technologist if you have had a reaction ___________________________ at to products containing human serum ** If you are a nursing mother, formula _________________________am/pm. albumin. feeding should be substituted for breast ** The radiopharmaceutical injected for feeding. the perfusion scan contains albumin, a ** There is a very rare possibility of Please report to the Admissions desk in the blood product. Inform the technologist adverse patient reaction to the drug front lobby of the hospital 5-10 minutes if your religious affiliation does not used for the perfusion study in patients before the scheduled time. Your procedure permit the use of blood products. with a pre-existing severe pulmonary will take approximately 2. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting hypertension condition. 30-60 minutes. clothing. 3. A chest x-ray may be obtained within 12 hours of doing the scan. POST-PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS DESCRIPTION 4. Inform the technologist if you are You may resume your regular activities A nuclear medicine lung scan is a pregnant or nursing an infant. after completion of the scan unless you are diagnostic procedure performed to evaluate told otherwise by your physician. You the movement of air (ventilation) and blood should monitor the injection site for any flow (perfusion) both into and out of the PROCEDURE signs of infection. lungs. In order to function properly, the lungs For the ventilation lung scan, you will need depend on an adequate supply of air to the to breathe a tasteless, odorless REPORTS air sacs and blood to their arteries. radioactive gas through a mouthpiece for The radiologist will report the test findings Conditions like emphysema, infection, and 10 minutes. This radioisotope will travel to to your physician. Your physician will pulmonary embolism can affect lung the target organ (the lungs) and transmit a contact you with the results within 2-3 days. function. Pulmonary embolism is caused by pattern of rays representing the organ If your procedure is performed on an a blood clot that obstructs the blood flow into size, shape, and function. The rays will be emergency basis, the radiologist will call the an artery. The ventilation/ perfusion lung detected by a special camera which relays report to your physician and you will be scan can detect pulmonary embolism (blood the information to a computer that notified of the results as soon as possible clot) as well as other conditions which affect produces a characteristic image on a after the examination is completed. lung function. The procedure is routinely monitor. You will need to lie on a scanning done as two separate studies: The first table with the nuclear camera placed near involves acquiring images after you have your chest. Multiple images will be taken inhaled a small amount of radioactivity of the lungs from various angles. Following through a mouthpiece; the second involves FOR MORE INFORMATION the ventilation scan, the technologist will imaging after a radiopharmaceutical has inject a diagnostic drug containing a small been injected into the blood. The radiologist Contact the Radiology Department amount of radioactivity into a vein in your at Jamestown Hospital will compare the two sets of images to arm. Multiple images will again be taken of identify any abnormalities or filling defects. the lungs from various angles. It is 1-701-952-4852 important for you to lie still during image or The nuclear medicine lung scan involves the
    • 1-800-281-8888, Ext. 4852 NUCLEAR MEDICINE VENTILATION/ PERFUSION LUNG SCAN Radiology Department