I had a quantitation ventilation - perfusion lung scan today.
"Nuclear Ventilation/Perfusion Scan (VQ Scan) studies both airflow (ventilation) and blood flow (perfusion) in the lungs. The purpose of this test is to look for evidence of a blood clot in the lungs, (pulmonary embolus,) that lowers oxygen levels, causes shortness of breath, and can be fatal." Posted by Sweet 2011 in Sclero Forums.
This was a new test for me: it involved breathing in a radioactive gas through a mask and being scanned, then having a radioactive liquid injected and scanned again.
I now have a letter to carry around with me stating that I am radioative (in case I am stopped by homeland security!) :D Funny but true. Not that I would be checked here in my little beach town but being as I have to travel in and out of NYC and the heightened security I could be stopped at a checkpoint at a bridge or a tunnel.
I also had a carotid artery scan and another "new" test for me, a stress echocardiogram with bubble. This test combined a standard echo, then an injection of saline and air, getting on a treadmill and walking until exertion, quickly laying down and repeating the echo. It is designed to give a better idea of how the heart is functioning than a standard echo.
I'll be interested in seeing the results and hoping all will be good with them!