retain too much air show up as bright or "hot" spots on the pictures. Areas thatare not receiving enough air show up as dark or "cold" spots.
During a perfusion scan, a radioactive tracer substance isinjected into a vein in the arm. It travels through the bloodstream and into thelungs. Pictures from this scan can show areas of the lungs that are not receivingenough blood. The tracer is absorbed evenly in areas of the lung where the bloodflow is normal. These areas show up with the tracer distributed evenly. Areas thatare not receiving enough blood show up as cold spots.
Before your lung scan, tell your doctor if:
You are breast-feeding. Use formula (discard your breast milk) for 1 to 2 daysafter the scan until the radioactive tracer has been eliminated from your body.
Within the past 4 days, you have had anX-raytest using barium contrastmaterial (such as abarium enema) or have taken a medicine (such as Pepto-Bismol) that containsbismuth. Barium and bismuth can interfere with test results.
POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY
Positron emission tomography(PET) is a test that uses a special type of camera and atracer (radioactive chemical) to look at organs in the body.During the test, the tracer liquid is put into a vein (intravenous, or IV) inyour arm. The tracer moves through your body, where much of it collectsin the specific organ or tissue. The tracer gives off tiny positively chargedparticles (positrons). The camera records the positrons and turns therecording into pictures on a computer.