Category: Nuclear

How to Prepare for a Nuclear Medicine Test

Some scans require patients to not eat or drink for 2 to 12 hours before the test. For others, patients may be asked to take a laxative or use an enema to clear out their system. It is important to inform the doctor or nurse of everything medication currently being used, even over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbs.

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What is a Nuclear Medicine Scan?

A nuclear medicine scan combines small amounts of radiation, administered orally or intravenously, and a special camera to create pictures of tissues, bones, and organs inside the body. The images are digitally generated on a computer and transferred to a nuclear medicine physician.

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