Thallium scan is performed to check circulation of blood in heart. The scan monitors supply of blood to cardiac tissues. The test falls under the category of nuclear medicine tests which employ radio-active substance to point out locations in body where abnormalities are present.
Thallium scan is often referred as cold spot imaging, thallium myocardial imaging, myocardial perfusion imaging or thallium scintigraphy. This type of scan is recommended by doctors to patients who recently had heart attack, to check size and location of damaged cardiac tissues. Patients who recently underwent.
bypass surgery also need to go for thallium scan to check whether grafted blood vessels are functioning properly or not. Reason for symptoms like unexplained and consistent chest pain can be diagnosed using thallium scan.Thallium Scan Cost in Various Indian Cities
|City||Average Price||Starting Price||Price Upto|
|Bangalore||Rs. 10625.00||Rs. 8500.00||Rs. 13000.00|
|Chennai||Rs. 11333.00||Rs. 9000.00||Rs. 15000.00|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 12167.00||Rs. 10000.00||Rs. 13500.00|
|Kolkata||Rs. 11467.00||Rs. 10600.00||Rs. 12500.00|
|Mumbai||Rs. 10804.00||Rs. 4000.00||Rs. 15000.00|
|Delhi||Rs. 12754.00||Rs. 9999.00||Rs. 15770.00|
|Pune||Rs. 8500.00||Rs. 6000.00||Rs. 12000.00|
Thallium scan is considered to be ultra safe and possesses very little risk to health. Thallium is a radio-active element and acts as a radio-active tracer for this scan. A small amount of this element is injected into the body thorough vein in the arm. It is then carried to heart through blood.
After sometime, a camera traces out the amount of thallium in bloodstream of cardiac blood vessels. Images are viewed on computer to locate places in heart where there is sufficient and insufficient supply of blood. Part of the heart which receives good supply of blood will absorb the tracer while dark patches appear in the region which is deficient of blood. This enables doctor to locate problematic part in heart.
Procedure of thallium scan is painless and patient can continue his/her routine on the same day of the test. Generally, in period of maximum 2 days, all the radio-active substance is eliminated from the body through urine and hence, it is important to drink lots of water and consume high amount of fluids like coconut water, fruit juices etc. to easily flush out toxins from the body. If any of the side-effects persist for about a week, consult a doctor to address the problem.
It is advised by the doctor to not eat and drink for at least 2 hours before the thallium scan. If you feel the need to have something, consume foods which are easy to digest and do not make you feel heavy. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, aerated drinks, caffeine and over-the-counter medications, 24 hours prior to the test. Diabetes patients must inform doctor beforehand about the disease. Also, let the doctor know about substances you are allergic to.