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Suggested thallium scan after angiography too. Significance?

My father just had an angiography. The results show a couple of narrowed vessels. We shall discuss in detail with doctor today. However, a month before angiography, doctor did thallium scan on my father.. By analyzing the results of thallium scan, he recommended angiography. Now, rite after angiography, he has not suggested angioplasty etc. rather has advised another thallium scan?

What is the significance of a thallium scan before and after angiography? Thank you!
Asked On : Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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HI
THALLIUM SCAN IS TO SEE THE VIABLE (LIVE HEART MUSCLES) THAT GET MAXIMUM BENEFIT AFTER ANGIOPLASTY(STENTS)
IT WILL BE STUPID TO PUT A EXPENSIVE STENT IN THE AREA OF DEAD HEART MUSCLES
SO BY DOING THALLIUM SCAN WE CONFIRM TO PUT A STENT EVEN AT THE MOST DIFFICULT PLACE OF HEART
IN NSTEMI A FORM OF HEART ATTACK IN WHICH BLOOD SUPPY TO HEART MUSCLES DECREASES UNDER STRESS AND CAUSE CHEST PAIN...BY DOING THE THALLIUM SCAN WE IDENTITIF THE ISCHEMIC AREA OF HEART(LESS OXYGENATED AREA) AND GET A STENT IN THAT PLACE TO RELIEVE THE SYMPTOMS
YOUR CARDIOLOGIST IS DOING THE POST ANGIO THALLIUM TO SEE WHETHER THAT ARE IS BETTER PERFUSED OR NOT ( BALLON ANGIOPLASTY)
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Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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