Nuclear MedicineA nuclear medicine scan uses a special camera to create pictures of the organs (such as the heart, lungs, liver, and gallbladder) and bones. This test uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera. Generally, radiation to the patient is similar to that resulting from standard X-ray examinations.
Before your scan appointment If you are scheduled for a nuclear medicine scan at Garden City Hospital:
• Be sure to mention the medications you take and ask if it’s okay to take them before your test.
• You will be given a tracer (radioactive material). It 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. Bring reading or other material to occupy yourself while you wait.
During your scan• 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.
After your appointment• 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
For more information about Nuclear Medicine services or to schedule an appointment at Garden City Hospital, please call 734-458-3471.