Nuclear Medicine FAQ
How long will my procedure take?
It depends on the study you are having. Generally, studies last between 2-3 hours.
Will I experience any side effects from the injections?
Less than 1% of the population ever experiences a reaction from these radioactive injections. The only documented side effect has been a slight increase in body temperature.
Can I be around people (pregnant women and children)?
Yes, except in some instances when a therapy is prescribed by your doctor. If you will be receiving a therapy, you will be well informed before you are dosed.
Can I eat before my exam?
It depends on which exam you are having. Your appointment should be accompanied by instructions for preparation. If unsure, contact the Nuclear Medicine Department at 324-5270.
What is the injection I will receive?
A radioactive material. It is short lived, and you should not experience any side effects.
Does a nuclear medicine exam interfere with CT or MRI?
No, if the CT or MRI follows a nuclear medicine injection, this medicine will not affect your exam. It is possible, though, that a CT or MRI can affect you Nuclear Medicine exam.
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