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  • Preparing for Your Exam

  • Bone Scans

    • You should drink 2 glasses of water before coming in for a bone scan, and 2 glasses of water after your injection.

    PET or Hepatobiliary Scans

    • You should not eat or drink anything for 4 hours before a PET scan or hepatobiliary scan. If you are diabetic and are scheduled for a PET scan, you should contact our department at 401-444-5281 for special instructions.

    Thyroid Scans

    • No special preparation is required for a thyroid scan, except that certain medications be discontinued before the exam. Call the nuclear medicine department at 401-444-5281 to find out if your current medications may interfere with this exam. 
    • If you have had an exam in which intravenous contrast or dye was administered, you must wait 6 weeks before having a nuclear medicine thyroid scan. If you are currently taking Synthroid, you must stop the medication and wait 4 weeks before having a nuclear medicine thyroid scan.

    Other Scans

    • No special preparation is required for most other nuclear medicine scans.

    For more information about nuclear medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, call 401-444-5281 or e-mail GOReilly@lifespan.org.