Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Tests That Use Radiation

Ask Your Doctor

The following questions can help you talk to your doctor about your questions or concerns about a test that uses radiation recommended for you (such as nuclear imaging, CT scan, PET scan, or cardiac catheterization procedure)

Doctor talking to patients are explaining the treatment of a patient's illness

Bring a list of questions to ask your doctor about tests that use radiation and their safety. 

  1. What information will this test give us about my cardiovascular disease (CVD)?
  2. What are the benefits of this test?
  3. What are the risks of this test?
  4. How much radiation will I be exposed to?
  5. Should I worry about this test’s contribution to my lifetime cumulative radiation dose?
  6. I have had tests in the past that use radiation. Should I be worried about further testing?