I thought today was going to be a breeze. I was wrong!
Part one of this test involves laying down and having a mask placed tightly over your face. A tasteless, odorless nuclear gas is then pumped into the mask for you to breathe in for four minutes. Pictures are then taken of your lungs . Then for six minutes, room air (or in my case oxygen) is pumped into the mask in order to clear your lungs. Pictures are still being taken.
I only lasted about two minutes in when I took a panic attack! I don't do masks well and I thought I might have a problem. The one technician was terrific. She stood beside me, loosened the mask so I could get more air and slowly talked me down. She was fantastic. She assured me that they got everything they needed so that I wouldn't have to have it redone.
Part two was very easy. The mask was removed, I remained on the table and they injected me with some nuclear material and then took more pictures. This was to see the blood flow in my lungs. it took about ten minutes for this part.