Why do doctors tell people that Cardiolite heart scans are equal to a chest x-ray when they are really 3 rem?

Major organs -- 3 to 5 rem; some parts of the body get less. Check "radiation dose cardiolite" on the internet. Although the EDE is ~500 mrem, major organs get significantly more.

Asked by Tammy Tardio 3 years ago.

Diagnostic heart scans use about 40 millicuries of Tc-99m. Those injections cause about 3000 mrem, 3 rem, to a person; almost the Federal radiation worker annual limit. Yet doctors tell people that it is equivalent to a chest x-ray (i.e., 10 mrem). This leads doctors to prescribing these out like candy.....with no proper risk/benefit analysis (and they make big bucks). The public has no idea have radioactive they are after these, or that they have incurred significant radiation dose. Doctors are really "playing God" with these.

Answered by Marisela Leardi 3 years ago.

A cardiolite scan exposes patient's to ionizing radiation, it is true. Why not request a stress echocardiogram with contrast instead? in many cases you get better information about perfusion, and wall motion, and zero radiation, at one quarter the cost. Doctors push the nuclear exam because they own the equipment, and it makes allot of money. PEACE, TJ

Answered by Sherise Maudlin 3 years ago.

According to the web site below, you are off by an order of magnitude on your 3 rem estimate.

Answered by Jordan Pherigo 3 years ago.

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