There is always a slight chance of damage to
cells or tissue from radiation, including the low levels of radiation used for
this test. But the chance of damage from the radiation is usually very low
compared with the benefits of the test.
This test is not done for
pregnant women because of the chance of exposing the baby (fetus) to radiation. This test is also not recommended
for breast-feeding women or young children.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology
May 31, 2011
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