Nuclear Medicine

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.

Is this X-ray Dye?

No.