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Preparation for Nuclear Medicine Procedures

Bone Scan

  • It is important that you are hydrated prior to this procedure. We encourage you d rink plenty of fluids prior to this examination.
  • Bring your physician's order and a list of your current medications
  • You will have an injection and return approximately 3 hours later for the scan. You may also eat, drink and take any necessary medications while waiting. Scan takes about 1 hour.

Cardiac Stress Test

  • Do not eat or drink after 12:00 midnight of the night of the exam.
  • Do not consume any CAFFEINE (no decaf coffee) for 12 hours before the exam.
  • You may have small sips of water.
  • Dress comfortably with good walking shoes.
  • No tobacco use the morning of the appointment.
  • This test takes about 4 hours
  • Bring your physician's order and a list of your current medications 

Hida Scan (Dida)

  • Do not eat or drink six (4) hours before exam.
  • Hold pain medications for 6 hours before exam. Please consult with your doctor before stopping pain medications.
  • Bring your physician's order and a list of your current medications
  • Exam takes about 2 hours.  You will receive a small injections of a radioisotope through an I

 

 

Preparations can vary for
each procedure. Please
consult your physician for proper preparation.

Gastric Emptying

  • Do not eat or drink 4 hours prior to your exam. 
  • Do not take gastric motility medications for 24 hours prior to your exam unless your physician specifies.
  • Cannot have BARIUM 48 hours prior to the exam
  • Exam takes about 2 hours

Parathyroid Scan

  • No preparation is necessary for this procedure.
  • You may be on your thyroid medications if needed for this exam
    (This exam takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  You will have 2 scans with a 1-2 hour break in between the scans)

Prosthesis Scan

  • No preparation is necessary for this procedure.
  • This is a 2-day study
    Day 1 - you will have blood drawn and it will mixed with an isoptope. You will be able to leave for 4-5 hours.  Upon return, you will receive an injection through an IV with the radioisotope mixture.

    Day 2 - you will have the first scan called a White Blood Cell Scan, receive an injection of sulfur colloid and return in 1  hour for your second scan which image your bone marrow.

Thyroid Uptake & Scans

  • Do not eat or drink four (6) hours before exam
  • Your doctor must discontinue Synthyroid medication 4 weeks prior to the exam.  For other thyroid medicines, consult the Nuclear Medicine Department by calling our scheduling department at
    (800)659-6782
  • You cannot have iodinated contrast (X-ray dye) within 6 weeks prior to your exam
  • This is a 2-day scan. On day 1 you will come and take a pill (I-123 Radioactive Iodine) by mouth. You will return in 4 hours for a scan and then again in 24 hours for another scan.

Thyroid Whole Body Scans

  • Do not eat or drink two (2) hours before exam
  • Your doctor must discontinue Synthyroid medication 4 weeks prior to the exam.  For other thyroid medicines, consult the Nuclear Medicine Department by calling our scheduling department at
    (800)659-6782 
  • No iodinated contrast (x-ray dye) within the last 6 weeks.
  • You will be involved with this test over a 2 day period - Day 1 you will take a pill (I-123 Radioactive Iodine) by mouth and return in 24 hours for your scan.
  • Bring your physician's order and a list of your current medications

 

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