Lung Perfusion Scan

There is no specific preparation required. You may take your medications as normal.

The lung perfusion scan involves a small injection into a vein, usually in your arm. The injection is contains a slightly radioactive tracer, which evaluates the blood flow to your lungs. There are no side effects from this tracer and it contains only a small amount of radiation. Images are taken immediately after the injection has been administered, and take 15-20 minutes.

Our Nuclear Medicine Physician will review the images and issue a report. Once completed, the report will be sent electronically to your referring health professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Lung Perfusion Scan is used to evaluate the blood flow to your lungs and diagnose and monitor pulmonary thromboembolism.

1 hour.

  • Your original request form

  • Medicare and any Government concession pension or health care cards

  • Previous relevant imaging

This examination has no associated side effects.

This examination is not suitable for pregnant women. Breastfeeding mothers may undergo the procedure, but will need to cease breastfeeding for 12 hours after the scan. Breast milk should be expressed & discarded during this period. Breastfeeding may resume after the 12 hours.

Within 12 hours.

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