A lung scan is performed to help evaluate the blood and air flow to the lungs. It is mainly used to help detect the presence of a blood clot in the lungs.
A chest x-ray should be taken no more than twenty-four hours prior to the lung scan. There is no other preparation for the exam.
What to expect
A lung scan consists of two parts: The first part of the exam will look at the blood flow to your lungs and the second part of the exam will look at the air flow to your lungs. A radiologist will review the first part of the exam to determine if the second part is needed.
Your images will be read by a board-certified radiologist and the report will be sent to your doctor.
To schedule an exam please call 401-793-4480. For more information about general nuclear medicine at The Miriam Hospital, call 401-793-4118 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.