SCRMCNuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

Our Team Will Guide You through the Entire Process

Nuclear medicine is primarily used to see how the organs and body systems are functioning. It is most commonly used to study:

  • Kidney function
  • Blood flow
  • Bone irregularities
  • Thyroid function
  • Stomach function
  • Gall bladder function

How Does It Work?

To prepare for a nuclear medicine test, you may have to fast (no eating or drinking) for up to 12 hours before the procedure. Alternatively, you may be asked to drink plenty of water so that your stomach is full for the test—It depends on the purpose of the test so be sure to talk with your doctor.

You will need to absorb a small amount of a nuclear dye either by swallowing it or having it injected. This dye will highlight the area it is in during an imaging scan, and allows your doctor to view your body’s functions. After the test, the dye will flush out of your system naturally, but you can speed the process along by drinking plenty of liquids.

If you are scheduled for a nuclear medicine test at SCRMC, call (800) 828-3627 to review your preparation instructions.