Having a Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan
What is a Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan?
A nuclear medicine renal exam uses a radioactive material called a tracer to make pictures of your body. The pictures are made as the scan picks up the energy that is given off by the tracer. This scan can tell your doctor how well your kidneys are working and is used to diagnose kidney diseases.
How long does the Renal Scan take?
The test can take from one to three hours depending on the type of the exam.
Where can I have the Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan done?
The test can be done at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) and at Miami Valley Hospital South.
When should I arrive for the Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan?
Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam to give our staff time to review your medical information.
What are the risks of having a Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan?
The radioactivity of the tracer is extremely low and has no side effects. Allergic reactions are very rare and are usually mild. Be sure to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your physician may tell you to not have the scan at this time. Learn more about the benefits versus the risks of having a Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan .
How do I prepare for the Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan?
Drink two glasses of water prior to the exam. Depending on the type of renal scan, you may be asked to refrain from taking certain medications.
What happens during a Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan?
The tracer will be injected into a vein in your arm or hand. Pictures will be taken of your kidneys with a special nuclear medicine camera right away. You must lie very still while the pictures are being taken. This test should not cause you any pain but you may not be comfortable lying still for so long. Our staff will do everything they can to help you relax.
What can I expect after the Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan?
Your doctor should receive the results of your scan in two to three business days.
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