Nuclear Medicine procedures are safe and painless. They assist your physician in detecting disease in the heart, liver, lungs, gallbladder, thyroid and bone.
How to prepare and what to expect:
While very safe, nuclear medicine procedures do require a small amount of radioactive nuclide to either be injected, swallowed or inhaled depending upon the type of procedure being performed. After the nuclide has been given, it will travel to the specified area of interest. Once there, a camera will record the radioactivity emitted from the area and form images with the assistance of a computer workstation. From those images, your physician will have a better understanding of the organs structure, function and disease, if any, which will help him/her identify problems and plan a course of treatment specific to your needs. Your prep will depend upon the procedure performed. If there are any specific instructions for your procedure, the scheduler will give those to you at the time the procedure is scheduled. In addition, you may be contacted by one of our NM Technologists or nurses to discuss your scheduled procedure and to go over any required prep and answer any questions you might have.
Pre-registration Information and Forms
- Pre-registration Outpatient Consent Form
- Pre-registration Consent for Use and Release of Information Form
- Pregnancy Questionnaire
- Home Medication Reconciliation Form
- Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information