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What Is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear medicine involves the use of radioactive materials, or isotopes, to obtain specific diagnostic information. These isotopes transmit a pattern of rays representing the organ size, shape, and function. The rays are detected by a specific camera which, when coupled with a computer, produces a characteristic image on the screen.
What Will the Nuclear Medicine Exam be like?
A Nuclear Medical Technologist is the individual who will perform the examination on you. This technologist has completed a rigorous course of education and training, and works under close supervision of the radiologist to assure the most accurate results from your examination.
The amount of radiation to which the patient is exposed is minimal and of no significant danger. The tracer material, a radionuclide, is eliminated from the body in a day or two. Complications and side effects are rare. Your technologist will gently position you on the scanning table under the camera. A radio nuclide will then be injected or taken orally. This makes it possible for cameras to detect certain organs and their functions.
Most scans require many different images and perhaps a few position changes. Each scan will usually take about three minutes or a little longer. You will be asked to lay still, movement may result in the need for additional scans.
How long will the Exam Take?
Time may vary significantly depending on the nature of the study and other factors. Your doctor will advise you of the amount of time needed for your particular exam.
How Do I Learn the Results?
A nuclear medicine physician will study the results and consult with your doctor, who will then advise you of the results.
Tell your doctor or technologist, if you are:
- Pregnant or think you may be.
- Allergic to Iodine or any other material.
- Undergoing radiation therapy.
You Should Also:
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Avoid wearing deodorant and powders.
- Avoid wearing jewelry, metallic objects may interfere with the accuracy of the film image.
- Be sure to ask any questions relating to your examination.
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