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Nuclear Medicin

Scheduling/Confirmation Protocol

Ceretec Scan (ordered to rule out osteomyolitis & infection)
Brief explanation of exam: Blood will be taken as soon as the patient arrives to Nuclear Medicine, where they will tag (attach) Ceretec to the white blood cells. Approximately 5 hours after the blood is drawn the tagged blood will be injected back into the body. Patient will be scanned for 2 hours following the re-injection.

Scheduled Times
There are no set scheduled times or dates for this exam, however, taking into consideration the length of the procedure, we try to schedule this first thing in the morning.

Lead Time
Nuclear needs at least 2 business days notice to order the Ceretec Scan for this exam.?

Total Time in Nuclear
You will be here for approximately 7 hours.

Medicine Restrictions
There are no medical restrictions for patients having a Ceretec Scan.

Fasting Requirement
You can eat as normal leading up to exam.

Gallium Scan (ordered for tumors, PCP, and lung infection)
Brief explanation of exam: Gallium Scans are generally performed over a 3-day period of time.

  • Day 1: Patient receives an injection of Gallium. 
  • Day 2: Depending on physicians orders the patient will return anywhere from 2 to 24 hours later (generally 24 hours) for the scan. The scan lasts approximately 1 hour. 
  • Day 3: Patient returns once again at the physicians' request for one more scan. This scan usually lasts 1 hour.

Scheduled Times
These exams cannot be scheduled after Wednesday. (Remember, it's a 3-day scan)
Taking into consideration the amount of time for the exam, schedule the exam for early morning.

Lead Time
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time in Nuclear
You will be here approximately 1.5 hours each day.

Medicine Restrictions
There are no medical restrictions for patients having the Gallium Scan.

Fasting Requirement

  • Day 1: Eat meals as normal before exam, light meals after.
  • Day 2: Eat only eat light meals. (Water, cereal, soup, Jell-O)
  • Day 3: Eat only eat light meals. (Water, cereal, soup, Jell-O)

Additional Prep
Pick up a Barium Prep Kit for the second day of the exam.

GI Bleed (ordered to determine bleeding in the GI tract)
Brief explanation of exam: Patient will be injected with PYP, an isotope that attaches itself to the red blood cells in the body. 15 to 20 minutes after the injection the patient will then be injected with technesium (tech-knee-z-um) which also tags itself to the red blood cells. Patient will be scanned after that injection. The scan last roughly 1 hour, possibly more if the Radiologist requires more views.

Scheduled Times
The GI Bleed can be done at any time of the day, Monday through Friday.

Lead Time
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time in Nuclear
You will be here approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

Medicine Restrictions
There are no medical restrictions for patients having the GI Bleed.

Fasting Requirement
You can eat as normal leading up to exam.

Hemangioma (ordered to differentiate a tumor from a hemangioma)
Brief explanation of exam: Patient will be injected with PYP that will attach itself to the red blood cells of the body. The Nuclear Technologist will wait approximately 15 to 20 minutes and will inject technetium. The patient will be instructed to wait for an additional 2 hours. After waiting, the technologist will scan the patient for approximately 1 hour.

Scheduled Times
Taking into consideration the amount of time for this scan, it is best to schedule it Monday through Friday first thing in the morning.

Lead Time
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time in Nuclear
You will be here approximately 4 hours.

Medicine Restrictions
There are no medical restrictions for patients having a Hemangioma Scan.

Fasting Requirement
You can eat as normal leading up to exam.

Hepatobiliary Scan (HIDA) (ordered to rule out/locate gallstones)
Brief explanation of exam: Patient will be injected with HIDA, immediately following the injection they will be scanned for approximately 1 to 3 hours.

Scheduled Times
This exam can be done anytime between 7am and 3pm, Monday-Friday.

Lead Time
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time in Nuclear
You will be here approximately 3 to 3.5 hours.

Medicine Restrictions
There are no medicine restrictions for patients having a HIDA scan.

Fasting Requirement
Must be NPO for at least 6 hours.

Meckel's Scan
Brief explanation of exam: Patient will be injected with technetium and will be scanned for 1 hour immediately following the injection.

Scheduled Times
This exam should be done early in the morning.

Lead Time
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time in Nuclear
You will be here approximately 1.5 hour.

Medicine Restrictions There are no medicine restrictions for patients having a Meckel's Scan.

Fasting Requirement
Must be NPO after midnight the previous evening.

Renal Scan
Brief explanation of exam: Patient will be injected with DTPAor MAG-3 while under the camera and will be scanned immediately for 1 hour. If the rule out is Hypertension the MD ordering the exam should administer Captopril for the patient to take one hour before exam time. If MD is ordering a Lasix Renal Scan, the patient will be injected with Lasix 15 minutes after they are injected with the DTPA or MAG-3. Patient will then be scanned immediately for 1 hour.

Scheduled Times
This exam can be done anytime between 7am and 1pm.

Lead Time
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time in Nuclear
You will be here approximately 1.5 hours.

Medicine Restrictions
There are no medicine restrictions for patients having a Renal Scan.

Fasting Requirement
You can eat as normal leading up to exam.

Thallium Stress
Brief explanation of exam: Patient will be injected with Myoview and will wait 15 to 30 minutes. After the eloted time, the patient will be scanned for approximately 20 minutes. Once the initial scan is complete, the patient will receive and IV and an EKG. The patient will be monitored via EKG and blood pressure. The Cardiologist arrives and patient will be stressed on a treadmill to patient's tolerance level. After patient walks on the treadmill, he/she will be injected with Myoview and will be monitored for the time frame specified by the cardiologist. Patient will be scanned once again depending on the results of the stress. If doctor is ordering a Persantine Myoview: Patient will be injected with Persantine instead of being stressed on the treadmill. The Persantine stress the heart. Fifteen minutes following the Persantine injection the patient will be injected with Myoview.

Scheduled Times
Myoview Stress Tests can only be scheduled with a Cardiologists office, and can only be done the following times of day: 8:00am, 9:30am, and 10:15am. Cardiologist time is for 1.5 hours.

Lead Time
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time in Nuclear
You will be here approximately 5 hours.

Medicine Restrictions
Medications CANNOT be taken the day of the exam.

Fasting Requirement
You must be NPO for 12 hours prior to the exam.

Three Phase Bone Scan (ordered to rule out osteopath and cellulitis)
Brief explanation of exam: Patient will be injected under the camera for a flow study and blood pool image. 2 hours after the initial images the patient will be scanned again.

Scheduled Times
This exam can be done any day of the week at either 9:00am or 9:30am.

Medicine Restrictions
There are no medicine restrictions for patients having a Three Phase Bone Scan.