Patients - How to Prepare - Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY EXAMINATION?

At the start of the examination you will be given a radioactive tracer, most commonly by an injection into a vein in the arm. The tracer will then concentrate in the particular part of your body under investigation, allowing us to take images of the region. You will need to remove metallic objects from your body and clothing prior to the scan, and will be asked to lie still on the table while it moves slowly through the scanner. You are always in our technologists' full view and will be able to communicate with them during the test. In some cases, you may have to wait for a few hours after the tracer is administered for the scan to be performed.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY EXAMINATION?

  • Make an appointment and attend on time.
  • Ensure that you have a referral from your doctor and any old films for comparison on the day of the examination.
  • Confirm any special preparation required when making your appointment. Certain tests require different preparations, varying from fasting for 6 hours prior to the scan, to being well-hydrated, to no preparation at all.
  • Keep taking your medication unless advised otherwise.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need to tell us prior to administration of the radioactive tracer.