| Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine procedures require an
injection of a radioactive isotope. The patient must not be
pregnant. Exams can require 30 minutes to 2 hours, with patients
lying still on a bed. Most patients, even those who are
claustrophobic, tolerant these exams easily.
Bone Scans require the patient to
receive an injection then return in 3 hours for a 30 minute scan of
the area of interest, for a limited scan; and 60 minutes for a whole
body scan. There is no prep for this test.
Thyroid Scans require an
injection immediately followed by a 45 minute scan. The patient
should not be taking thyroid hormones, anti-thyroid medicine or
multi-vitamin supplements for at least 2 weeks prior to this exam.
The patient must not have a x-ray contrast study for at least 4
weeks prior to this exam.
Thyroid Uptake and Scan is
similar to a Thyroid Scan only, however, the day before the scan the
patient must take a capsule of radioactive isotope and return in 24
hours for the 45 minute scan. Patients must not have food or drink
for 8 hours prior to taking the capsule on the first day.
HIDA Scans determine the function
of the gallbladder and require 2 hours to complete. The patient
must not have food or drink 8 hours prior to exam.
SOD Scans determine if the common
bile duct is emptying appropriately in post cholecystectomy patients
who are still experiencing symptoms of pain and nausea even after
removal of the gallbladder. Patients must not have food or drink 8
hours prior to exam.
Thyroid cancer and hyperthyroid
conditions such as Graves disease and toxic mult-nodular goiter
(after consultation with your primary care physician or ENT surgeon)
can be treated on an outpatient basis at CDI. Thyroid cancer and
hyperthyroid therapy are done as a referral basis only.
If you have any questions, please call and ask
to speak to the Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
The Nuclear Medicine staff will insure your full understanding of the
exam before beginning.