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Nuclear Medicine Scan

A nuclear medicine scan uses a special camera to create pictures of your organs (such as your heart, lungs, liver, and gallbladder) and bones. This test uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera.

Man lying on back on table under scanner. Health care provider is standing next to table.

Before Your Scan Appointment

  • Be sure to mention the medications you take and ask if it’s OK to take them before your test.

  • You will be given a tracer (radioactive material). It may be injected, swallowed, or inhaled. Your scan may then be done right away, or you may need to wait a few hours or even days to allow the tracer to concentrate in the part of the body being studied.

  • Your scan may take a few hours. Bring something you can do if you need to wait.

Let the Technologist Know

Let the technologist know if you:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Have had a nuclear medicine scan before

  • Have had a recent barium study or an X-ray using contrast

  • Have any fractures or artificial joints

  • Have any allergies

During the Scan

  • You will lie on a narrow imaging table.

  • A large camera is placed close to your body.

  • Remain as still as you can while the camera takes the pictures. This will ensure the best images.

  • The table or camera may be adjusted to take more pictures.

After Your Scan

  • Drink plenty of water to help clear the tracer from your body.

  • Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up visit or over the phone.

Your next appointment is: _________________

 

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