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Nuclear Medicine Preparation

Please let technologist know if patient may be pregnant or is breastfeeding prior to beginning of test Contact Us

Phone: 705-728-9090 ext. 43431

Please contact the department prior to your appointment if you require special accommodations, or if you are pregnant or breast feeding.


Biliary Scan

If being ordered with CCK

Nothing by mouth for 4hrs prior to scan

Test can take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours (initial 1 hr images with possibility for delay needed)

No Demerol or morphine for 4 hours prior to scan


After initial imaging, CCK is given over 30 minutes while acquiring images



Bone Scan

No preparation needed

Two parts: 1. Patient receives injection

2. Patient returns 2-3 hours later for bone scan images. These images last about 1 hour


Patient may leave the department and eat/drink during the waiting period. Patient will be advised if they need to change into gown upon return



Bone Scan with Gallium Scan (2 appointment dates given) for specific site

As for “Bone Scan” (see above). The patient will find out whether they must return for gallium scan after the bone scan images are completed

In the event that patient must return for gallium scan, the gallium injection is given after the completion of bone scan. Patient then returns to department 48 hours later for the imaging. These images last 1 hour



1 Day Cardiac Perfusion Scan

Myoview Scan: Patient does not eat anything for 4 hours prior to test (water is okay).

No caffeine for 12 hours prior to test

Discontinue medications as per physician instructions. Patient to bring list of medications with them to appointment

Test lasts about 4-5 hours



2 Day Cardiac Perfusion Scan

Myoview Scan:



Day 1:

Patient does not eat anything for 4 hours prior to test (water is okay).

No caffeine for 12 hours prior to test

Discontinue medications as per physician instructions. Patient to bring list of medications with them to appointment

Day 1 will last about 2 hours
Day 2:

Patient does not eat anything for 4 hours prior to test (water is okay).

No caffeine for 12 hours prior to test

Patient may take medications

Day 2 lasts about 1.5- 2 hours



Cerebral Brain Perfusion Scan

No caffeine for 12 hours prior to test

Test will last about one hour



Gallium Scan (Whole Body)

Patient receives injection (15-30 minutes) and returns 72 hours later (3 days later) for imaging. Imaging lasts approximately 1.5 hours





Gallium Scan (Specific Site)

Done in combination with bone scan (see “Bone Scan” above)

Patient receives injection (15-30 minutes) and returns to department 48 hours later for the imaging. These images last 1 hour



Gastric Emptying

Nothing by mouth after midnight


Test takes approximately 1.5 hours (but patient may be required to stay for delayed pictures up to 3 hours)
Patient must eat an egg sandwich with some radioactive tracer at beginning of test. Please advise department if any allergy to egg



Lung Scan (V/Q)

No patient preparation required

Test done in two parts – ventilation (inhalation of radioactive gas) and perfusion (injection of small amount of radioactive tracer)

Test lasts approximately 0.75 – 1 hour





Meckel’s Scan

Nothing by mouth after midnight



Please notify department if patient on gastric inhibitors

Patient may need to arrive early for patient preparation prior to scan

Test takes approximately 1 -2.5 hours (dependant on preparation needed)



MUGA Scan

No preparation

Imaging lasts 1-2 hours



Parathyroid Scan

No preparation required

Study done in two parts: Part 1 lasts about 1 hour, patient then has 2 hour waiting period. Part 2 lasts about 30 minutes. Total: Approx 3-4 Hours



Renal Imaging (Kidneys)

Patient to be well hydrated upon arrival (4-5 glasses) and may have empty bladder

Test takes approximately 1-2 hours
For DMSA Renal Scan (parenchyma), patient receives injection and images are acquired 2.5-3 hours later




Renal Imaging for Hypertension

Test done over 2 days

Please contact department for instructions and with current list of medications



Salivary Scan

No preparation required

Imaging lasts about 1 hour

Please notify department if patient has citrus allergy





Sentinel Node

Please contact department for instructions





Tagged RBC for GI Bleeding

No preparation required

Test lasts about 90 minutes



Tagged RBC for Liver Hemangioma

Test done in two parts. Part 1 lasts 1 hour followed by 2 hour delay. Part 2 lasts about 20 minutes




Thallium Rest/Redistribution/Viability


NPO for 4 hours prior to appointment

1st visit lasts 45 minutes, followed by 2.5 hour wait

2nd visit lasts 30 minutes

3rd visit happens 24 hours after injection and lasts 30 minutes





Thyroid Uptake

Preparation: Off thyroid medications and PTU (propylthiouracil) for 1 week, off replacement hormones for 3 weeks. No iodine IV or CT contrast within last 8 weeks. No seaweed or kelp within last month


Test done over 2 days.
Day 1: Patient to be NPO for 4 hours prior

Patient swallows a small radioactive iodine capsule, and then returns to the department 2 hours later for the 1st thyroid uptake count (lasts 15 minutes).

Day 2: Patient has the second thyroid uptake count (lasts 15 minutes)

If thyroid scan requested in addition to thyroid uptake, the scan is done on Day 2 (approximately 40 minutes).





Thyroid Scan

Patient prep as for “Thyroid Uptake” (see above) at discretion of physician

Test lasts about 1 hour. Very important to keep neck very still



White Blood Cell Imaging

Radiologist approval required

No preparation necessary

Blood is drawn from patient at the beginning of the test. Patient is then reinjected with the labelled white blood cells approximately 4 hours later.



Imaging is done 4-24 hours after reinjection (patient will be informed when to return for imaging)



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