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

    Preparing for this procedure

    • You will be given a tracer (radioactive material) and this 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.

    IMPORTANT — 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

    What to expect during this procedure

    • 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.

    What to expect after this procedure

    • 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.

    Contact us

    If you have additional questions about your appointment or our services, contact our Radiology Department at 483-1410.


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