Nuclear Medicine exams detect radioactive isotopes (tracers) given to the patient prior to the exam in order to show function of various areas within the body.
The patient should know the following:
Females who are pregnant or nursing should not have the exam. If there is any possibility that you may be pregnant, then you should have a pregnancy test performed just prior to having the exam.
There will be some preparation required for certain exams and none for others. Please refer to the specific exam on this site for more information.
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time to complete the required paperwork and registration process.
Please bring the signed order/prescription from your Physician with you. We must have a signed order/prescription from your Physician, as the exam cannot be performed without one.
If you have had any recent exams relating to the same diagnosis at another facility, then please bring a copy of the reports.
Please have a list of your current medications with you.
The Technologist will confirm your identify and then ask a series of questions relating to your condition and the reason for the exam. The questions vary with each exam.
Once the assessment is completed, you will be given an injection or pill. You will also be given a time to return based on the study and the available camera time.
Some exams are performed immediately, some require you to return later the same day, and some require you to return again the next day.
Most of the exams require you to lie very still on your back for a period of time while the camera acquires the images. Every effort will be made to make you as comfortable as possible.
The results of your exam will be faxed directly to your referring physician’s office as soon as they become available.
If you have a question concerning a Nuclear Medicine exam, then please contact Valley Regional Imaging and speak with Bart Damron in our Nuclear Medicine Department.
The list of Nuclear Medicine exams shown on the left are the most common exams performed at Valley Regional Imaging. We do perform other exams, so if you do not see your exam listed here, please feel free to contact our facility and speak with the Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
The patient preparations noted below are the specific requirements for this facility. If your referring Physician has suggested different preparations, then please follow those instructions.