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jwick25
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Hi there-

My husband is having a PET scan tomorrow, and I'm wondering if

it's ok for us to be near each other after the test. I know they use a radioactive agent.

I was told the half life is about 100 minutes.

Just curious if there is any risk for me to be near him right away as I have Lyme.

I know that sounds silly....figured I'd be sure.

(I'm not pregnant.)

Thanks!

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seibertneurolyme
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I never worried about this when my husband had several PET scans over the years - but I was healthy and he was the one with tickborne illnesses.

I do remember the docs telling him that the SPECT scan he had done might be detected by any airport security scans (I think they actually said for up to 48 hours) but we drove and did not fly so that was not a concern.

If it was me I would not be overly worried about being near your hubby.

Bea Seibert

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It's probably radioactivity that can not go from one person to another?

Hope all goes well!

PS .. As for his health in getting the radiation out, tell him to drink LOTS of water and take vitamin C .. drink smoothies, anything to flush his system.

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jwick25
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Thanks, you guys! I kept my distance for a bit just to be safe.

He drank water like a crazy person yesterday. And will today too.

The hospital said it was harmless to be close to him. My LLMD (who I got to talk to) said he saw no issue.

Yay!

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