Nuclear Medicine

What is Nuclear Medicine?

 
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

For more information about this and all radiology specialties, including information about radiation safety and concerns, please visit this website RadiologyInfo.org.

 

Preparation


IMPORTANT: You should ALWAYS check with your doctor before stopping any of your medications.
 
Cardiolite
Prep: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your exam. No caffeine products (coffee tea, chocolate) for 24 hrs before your appointment.  Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
 
Cardiolite/Stress (treadmill)
Prep: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your exam. No caffeine products (coffee tea, chocolate) for 24 hrs before your appointment. Ask your Dr. about your medications.  Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
                                                                                   
Cardiolite/Dobutamine
Prep: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your exam. No caffeine products (coffee tea, chocolate) for 24 hrs before your appointment.  Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
 
Cardiolite/Persantine
Prep: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your exam. No caffeine products (coffee tea, chocolate) for 24 hrs before your appointment.  Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
 
Gallium Scan
Prep: None
Notes: You will receive an injection and then you will return after two or possibly three days for scanning.  Your scan appointment will take approximately 1 hour.
 
Gastric Empty
Prep: Nothing to eat or drink 4 to 6 hours before your exam.
 
HIDA Scan: NM – PIPIDA or Biliary Scan
Prep: Nothing to eat or drink 4 to 6 hours prior to your exam.
Notes: Length of test is 1 ½ to 2 hours.
 
Thyroid Scan Only: NO PREP
 
Thyroid uptake & Scan: Patients should be off thyroid medications for 4 weeks prior to test (at physician’s discretion).
Pt should not have had IV contrast for 8 weeks prior to test.
Avoid foods with high levels of iodine.
 
Lung (V/Q): NM-Lung Perfusion with ventilation
Prep: None
Notes: Length of test is one hour. 
 
MUGA-Rest
Prep: None
Notes: Length of test is one hour. If you are having this exam and a Bone Scan, the two tests must be scheduled 48 hours apart. 
 
Myocardial Perfusion
Prep: No caffeine for 24 hours prior to exam. Stop taking theophylline for 24 hours prior to exam (ask your doctor before stopping any medications).  Nothing to eat or drink for 4-6 hours prior to your exam.
 
Parathyroid Scan
Prep: None
Notes: Total length of test is approximately 3 hours.
 
MAG3 Renal Scan/LASIX RENAL SCAN.
Prep: Drink extra fluids 1 to 2 hours prior to your exam. You may use the bathroom at any time before your exam.  Length of test is 1 hour. 
 
Renal Scan (Captopril)
Prep: If you are taking Ace Inhibitors, you should speak with your doctor for instructions on whether to stop taking that medication or not. If you are not on Ace Inhibitors, no prep required.
Notes: This test takes 1 ½ hours.
 
WBC-White Blood cell Scan/Tagged WBC
Prep: None
 
Whole Body Bone Scan/ Triple Phase Bone Scan
Prep: None
Notes: This exam is a two-part visit. Your initial visit will be approximately 10-15 minutes, to receive the injection. You will then return in 2-4 hours for scanning. The scanning part will take approximately 30-60 minutes.  
 

Hours of Operation

 
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

Location

 
For all Nuclear Medicine scans, you should report to Outpatient Admitting, which is located on the 2nd floor of the heart building (Same building as Springhill Athletic Club). You should arrive ½ hour prior to your scheduled appointment. You will be directed to the Admissions Clerk for registration and then to the Nuclear Medicine Department.  
 

Contact Us

 
For any questions or problems, please call Nuclear Medicine at 251-460-5478 or the main Radiology department after hours at 251-460-5388.
 
To schedule an exam, please call Central Scheduling at 251-460-5362.
 
We look forward to the opportunity to provide you and your family with quality care and compassion!