A 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
on 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.
- You will 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 734-458-4366.