Nuclear Medicine Prep

Nuclear Medicine Preparation

How to Prepare for Your Nuclear Medicine Exam

Please let the technologist know if you:
  • Are pregnant
  • Have had a nuclear medicine scan before
  • Have had a recent barium study or have used x-ray contrast
  • Have any fractures or artificial joints
  • Have any allergies

Thyroid Scan and Uptake

  • Please do not take any of the following:
    • Thyroid hormones 4-6 weeks before your exam.
    • Multiple vitamins or iodine supplements within one (1) week before your exam.
    • Anti-thyroid medication one (1) week before your exam
  • If you have had an IVP (kidney x-ray), CT, or any other x-ray and were given contrast, you must wait 4-6 weeks before having a nuclear medicine thyroid study.
  • Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your exam.

Gallbladder/HIDA/Hepatobiliary

  • Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your exam.
  • Do not take any pain medication for four (4) hours prior to your exam.

All other exams

  • Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your exam.