Can You Drive After a Nuclear Scan?

When it comes to nuclear scans, it's important to take certain precautions. Although you will receive a very small dose of radioactive material, it's recommended that you avoid close physical contact with pregnant women and children (12 years and younger) for 12 hours after the test. Rest assured, you will be able to drive home yourself after this test and resume your normal activities. If you have any travel plans, you can still go ahead with them after the scan. However, depending on the type of scan performed, there may be a small amount of radiation in your body that can activate highly sensitive detectors in airports, ferry ports and train stations.

To avoid any issues, make sure to inform the imaging department so that they can provide you with a card that identifies the procedure performed and for how long sensitive detectors will be able to detect it. After your images, you may need to undergo a stress test. This can be done by having you walk on the treadmill or giving you medication that makes your body think you are exercising. The medical team will monitor you before, during, and after the stress test to make sure you're safe and comfortable.

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