Nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers that are typically injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. The radiotracer travels through the area being examined and gives off energy in the form of gamma rays which are detected by a special camera and a computer to create images of the inside of your body. Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures and offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages.
Tell our schedulers if there’s a possibility you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding and discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, allergies and medications you’re taking. Depending on the type of exam, our schedulers will instruct you on what you may eat or drink beforehand. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Whole Body Bone Scan
- Three Phase Bone Scan
- Limited Bone Scan
- Liver and Spleen Scan
- Muga Planar
- Renal Scan
- White Blood Cell Scan Whole body
- I123 and I131 Thyroid Uptake Scan
- DAT Scan
- Gastric Emptying
Before Your Scan
Due to the difference of Protocols per scan each patient prep will be different as well as length of scan. You will receive instructions upon scheduling your scan.
Please be sure that you notify our schedulers of any outside prior imaging that we may need to acquire before the radiologist reads your completed exam with us.
After Your Scan
- Your final report will take 48 hours to get to your doctor.
- If your doctor uses our complimentary PACs System he or she should receive the results within 24 hours on average. The only time results may take longer is when outside prior images are required for a complete read. Please let our office know upon scheduling if you have outside priors.
- If you have an appointment with your doctor the day following your scan please let the technologist know.
Our goal is to make this experience as comfortable as possible for you while acquiring the information needed to provide your doctor with adequate results. Thank you for trusting us with your scan.