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  • Preparing for Your Nuclear Medicine Exam

  • Some nuclear medicine exams require you to prepare for your exam. Below is a list of the most common exams and their preps. The physician's office that booked the exam for you will supply you with the preparation information for your exam.

    Bone Scan

    • No special preparation is required for a bone scan before you arrive in the department, but you will need to drink 3 to 4 glasses of fluids after you receive your injection.

    Hida Scan

    • Do not eat or drink anything for 4 hours before your appointment time.

    Thyroid Scan

    • You may be asked to discontinue any thyroid medications that you may be on. The length of time that you need to be off them depends on the type of medication that you are taking. If you have any questions, you may call nuclear medicine at 401-793-4450.
    • If you have had an exam in which an iodine-based intravenous contrast dye was used, you must wait 6 weeks before a nuclear medicine thyroid scan can be performed.
    • Do not eat shellfish for 1 week prior to your exam.
    • Do not have any iodized salt for 1 week before your exam.
    • Do not have any vitamins containing iodine for 1 week before your exam.

    Renal Scan (Kidney)

    • Come into the department well hydrated. Drink 2 to 3 glasses of water before your test.

    Gastric Emptying

    • Do not eat or drink anything from midnight on the night before your exam.

    White Blood Cell Imaging

    • There is no special preparation for this exam.

    Lymphoscintigraphy Scan

    • There is no special preparation for this exam.

    Lung Scan

    • There is no special preparation for this exam.

    To schedule an exam please call 401-793-4480. For more information about general nuclear medicine at The Miriam Hospital, call 401-793-4118 or e-mail cmonteiro1@lifespan.org.