Have you had a nuclear scan?
Sometimes in nuclear medicine imaging, patients can be unknowingly exposed to high doses of radiation.
About 15%* of the time technicians accidently inject a radioactive drug into a patient’s arm tissue, not their vein. This error is called an extravasation.
Many patients have no immediate signs, but some experience:
One way to know for sure—ask your healthcare provider for an image of your injection site. A black spot there can be evidence of an error.
If you find a black spot at your injection site, please share your story.
*Versant Medical Physics and Radiation Safety White Paper