Radiation Safety Officer

It is the responsibility of a radiation safety officer (RSO) to ensure that the daily operation of a nuclear cardiology imaging facility is in compliance with radiation safety regulations. A RSO should help in developing policies and procedure protocols for radiation safety. The RSO should provide input with the set-up of the hot lab area and should ensure that all necessary areas are adequately lead-shielded. Furthermore, the RSO will make sure that all necessary equipment for handling and...

Consent For Stress Testing

Although the risk for adverse effects due to stress testing is low, it is not nonexistent. In many facilities the patient is asked to sign a consent form prior to the procedure. A sample consent form for stress testing is shown in the accompanying box. Cardiovascular Nuclear Imaging and Exercise Laboratory 99 Main St., City, CT 9999 ph (999) 999-9999 Consent for Stress Testing I am scheduled to undergo a cardiac stress test. I understand that this test involves walking or running on a...

Planar Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Fig 1496 to Fig 1498

Breast attenuation is a serious problem with planar myocardial perfusion imaging. This is in marked contrast to SPECT imaging. In planar imaging only three projection images are acquired. Breast attenuation defects may make images that are affected uninterpretable thus, interpretation is then limited to the one or two remaining images, thereby seriously limiting the diagnostic yield of planar myocardial perfusion imaging (2). Fig. 14-96. Planar adenosine stress (S)-redistribution (RD)...