Nuclear Medicine Test
What is a Nuclear Medicine Test?
Nuclear Medicine testing
involves imaging of the body by use of very small doses of radioactive material
injected into the body. Your radiation exposure will be less than even a simple
chest x-ray. A small quantity of radioactive isotope will be given either by
injection into a vein or in some cases in pill form. Some studies require
imaging immediately following this injection, other studies require time for
your body to absorb the isotope. When it is time for your scan, you will lay on
a special table. A special camera will be placed close to you but will not touch
you. Each of our nuclear cameras has specific applications.
You will be
called back to the room as soon as staff and the appropriate machine are
available for your study. If other patients are called ahead of you they are
most likely having studies in a different room that became available sooner than
the room needed for your study. In some cases, you may be delayed for emergency
procedures on other patients.
What do I do if there is a possibility that I might be
If there is a possibility that you are pregnant, please
tell the technologist before the test is started.
Are any activities restricted after this procedure?
you may continue your normal activities unless otherwise instructed.
Do I need to make changes to my diet?
normal diet unless otherwise instructed by scheduling or your physician.
Do I need to adjust any medications?
should not be stopped or unless your doctor tells you to.
My doctor requested that I bring my films to my next appointment,
what do I do?
Saint Joseph has implemented a new imaging archiving
system which allows physicians to digitally view your images in their offices.
The technologist that performs your procedure will also be able to provide you
with a CD (computerized disk) to take with you upon request. If you did not
receive a CD from the technologist and you need a copy of your images, you can
also contact the Radiology Imaging Library at 859.313.2290. If someone else is
going to pick up your CD, you must call us and give us their information and
they must present a picture ID.
Saint Joseph Outpatient Diagnostic Center
Saint Joseph Office Park - Bldg.
1401 Harrodsburg Road, Ground Floor
Lexington, KY 40504