• How many scans can our body take in a lifetime? When is it too many?

    Asked by CancerChicky on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    How many scans can our body take in a lifetime? When is it too many?

    I have been through several MRIs, cat scans, pet scans, Xrays, a bone scan, and more. Where is the limit? Anyone know?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @andreacha, sometimes, my radiologists complain about the lack of dye, but I've seen the scans ... they look pretty clear to me... I went into shock from the dye one time - it worried them a lot ... so my files are marked and double marked ... no iodine dye!!!! (I had a MRI and I mentioned to them that I couldn't have dye. They told me theirs was different and wouldn't bother me. I was a little worried, but they were right. Thankfully, though, my kidneys are okay so far so we don't have the same concerns as you do!!!

      4 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      @LiveWithCaner how did you know you developed the allergy. I had a scan yesterday and had the dye. It went well and I always get that warm feeling but yesterday it felt warmer and lasted a little longer. About the time I was going to say something it got better. So i didn’t but I wondered if you can develop a reaction after years of no reaction.

      4 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @SandiA, the first time I had an allergic reaction, I thought I was having a panic attack. I could barely breathe. I sat out front in the lobby for a few minutes and talked to myself about panicking. (I do not have anxiety attacks and had no reason to have an anxiety attack, but I never dreamed I was having an allergic reaction.) I didn't say anything to anyone and it got better after a bit of time.

      Too bad I didn't pay attention or know that what I was experiencing was a problem. The next scan, there was no hiding the fact that I was having symptoms. The moment they unhooked me, I had a terrible taste in my mouth (more so than normal), was so dizzy I could barely walk, and was very, very nauseous. I could also not catch my breath. I sat down for a few minutes again in the lobby, trying to get control of myself (STILL thinking I had some kind of emotional issue going on).

      Someone came in while I was trying to get my breathing right, talking about drinking banana barium. That sent me running to the bathroom, where I threw up multiple times. A doctor came into the bathroom while I was there and was really worried. I told her I was on my way up to the chemo lab to get my port de-accessed. She'd already alerted them that I was coming before I managed to get there.

      Fortunately, we had taken my blood pressure and oxygen and stuff when they accessed my port so we knew what was normal ... and everything had gone bonkers. I can't remember if it went high or low (or both) ... but nothing was normal. They went into emergency mode, got me some benadryl and I had to sit there for several hours while they hydrated me, gave me intravenous drugs and watched me like a hawk! Naturally, I had gone for my scan alone so had no one to drive me home. They really wanted me to get my husband to come get me, but I'm so hardheaded that I drove myself home when they finally deemed I was stable enough to be let go.

      I have never, ever had an allergic reaction. This one literally nearly killed me. I had been getting the iodine every 6 weeks for years with no problems. There is something they can give you if you have a reaction, but my doctor just has orders to not give me iodine dye. The radiologist can just suck it up and read the scan without it rather than put me in harm's way again...

      Soooooooooooooooo.... with all of that said ... do you have the results of your scan yet? I know there's been some worry and I'm hoping that is resolving itself in a way that says there is no more worry!

      4 months ago

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