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July 1, 1968

Emergency Cardiac Photoscan

Author Affiliations

From the Nuclear Medicine Section, Research Department, US Public Health Service Hospital, San Francisco.

JAMA. 1968;205(1):27-30. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140270051009

The cardiac photoscan is a helpful diagnostic tool for the evaluation of suspected pericardial effusion, particularly with critically ill patients who cannot tolerate angiography. This innocuous procedure can be performed in a few minutes with the use of sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m as the source of radioactivity. In one study, a life-threatening, loculated pericardial effusion was demonstrable only by the photoscan.