Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a safe and painless form of diagnostic testing. It is unique in that it provides doctors with information about both structure and function. Therefore, it is ideal for identifying abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease— long before medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.

Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, also known as radiopharmaceuticals that are detected by a special camera. Computers are then used to reconstruct precise pictures in the area of the body being imaged.

The amount of radiation exposure is similar to that of a general x-ray.

Preparation
• Do not consumer anything except water for six hours prior to exam
• Generally, you should limit the amount of sugar and caffeine on the day before the scan
• Please inform us if you a diabetic

123 Thyroid Scan/Uptake
• For 12 weeks before exam, no intravenous radiographic contrast
• For six weeks before exam, no Synthroid
• For four weeks before exam, no iodine containing vitamins or diet supplement
• For two weeks before exam, no thyroid medications (desiccated thyroid, PTU)

Hepatobilary Scan
• No food or drink on day of exam

Bone and other scans
• No special instructions

If you are pregnant, please tell our patient representative.


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