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Lung Clearance Scan

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Hi Everyone

 

I have to have a Lung Clearance Scan where you breathe in a small dose of radioactivity to assess clearance of the lungs. I was wondering if anyone has had this and do you feel okay after it?

 

Thanks,

 

Helen

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Hello Helen

 

Well I googled a plenty and found some information which said that no preparation is required, there's no after effects so you can drive home and the test lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Basically you breathe in a small amount of radioactive gas, lie on a bed breathing through a tube in your mouth with a peg on your nose whilst a camera takes picturs of your lungs. All you have to do is lie still so I imagine it will be a really boring experience!

 

I hope this helps and take care.


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Hi Helen

 

Not I, I've only done PFT's.


Sending good wishes your way!

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Hi Helen,

 

I had a different test where the radioactive isotope was delivered by IV, but you were still flat on your back for a long time. I think the possible after-effects could be a bit of dizziness from getting up from a lying-down position. None of the sites I looked at for Lung Clearance Scan had anything listed as an adverse effect of the test and the only counter-indication was pregnancy.

 

Good luck; let us know how it goes!


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Thanks for your replies. Because my lung function tests show that my lungs are getting a little worse each year my doctor wants to try a different medication, but wanted this test done first. Not looking forward to lying on my back for over an hour and trying to keep still, that will be the hard part. At least there are no needles involved. :VeryHappy:

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Hi Helen

 

I also have had innumerable lung function tests and just about every lung test known to man, but have never had a lung clearance test (it must be the only lung test I haven't had!!! ;) )

 

However a friend of mine had one for a condition completely unrelated to Sclero and suffered no ill effects afterward. :)


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Helen,

Long ago I was a Nuclear Med. Tech. and we did what was called "lung scans" that sound exactly like what you described. The test that I did involved breathing a radioactive gas and being imaged sitting up (if the patient could do so). There is no prep and no side effects. It has been 20 years so they may have renamed the study and do it a little differently. Just thought I would add my 2 cents. Good luck

I had lowering PFT's and was put on cyclophosphamide IV once a month for 6 months and it helped my lungs. I have fibrosis.

Laurie jill

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:jump-for-joy: See, now this is the type of test I can cope with. My fatigue level at the moment is unrelenting. They'd have to wake me up when it had finished, I tell ya!!

 

Seriously, looking at the comments above, it looks like it's quite a simple test. Which can only be good news :jump-for-joy: Just remember to sit up s-l-o-w-l-y, so you don't go all dizzy on them!!

 

Wishing you luck,

 

LD

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Hi Shelley

 

I don't have it till next Wednesday, then have to see specialist on Thursday to get the results. Have to travel 700kms to have it. I won't get back till Friday, so will let you know how I went then.

 

Helen

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Yeah, I live in Rockhampton and have to travel to Brisbane...at least I will get to do some shopping :VeryHappy:

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Hi Helen,

I don't see that because you have to travel to Brisbane for your test as a problem. What other people may not realize is that you live in ETERNAL SUMMER!!

 

We have just come home from 10 days in Cairns and Port Douglas and it was bliss for my fingers and toes to get away from the (relative) cold of Auckland. Mind you, I don't know if I could handle the temperature there in January and February!!

 

Most of the year I am just plain ENVIOUS!!

 

Best wishes for your test, from wet and windy Auckland.

 

Judy T

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