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Thyroid Uptake and Scan

General Information

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.

What is a Thyroid Uptake and Scan?

A Thyroid Uptake and Scan is a function study that takes an anatomical look at the thyroid.  It assesses hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, nodules, and other abnormalities of the thyroid.

  • This exam may be called – Thyroid Scan. RAIU Test, Thyroid Scan with Uptake.
  • You will need to visit the facility 3 times. First for the pill and history.  Then, 5.5 to 6 hours later, you will return for a 45 minute imaging session. Finally, you will return 24 hours from the initial appointment time for approximately 5 minutes. 

How should I prepare for a Thyroid Uptake and Scan?

  • Please bring previous reports (Thyroid Labs, NM Thyroid Scans, US, CT, MRI).
  • No breakfast food should be consumed the morning you will receive the pill. We need your stomach empty so that the pill will dissolve quickly.
  • You can eat breakfast on the second day.
  • You will need to provide a list of the medications you are taking.
  • For at least 3 days prior to your appointment, do not consume any food containing the following:
    • Seafood and shellfish (including sushi)
    • Cabbages and green leafy vegetables
    • All soy products
    • Kelp
    • Milk, cheese products, eggs
    • Multi-vitamins
  • If your Physician suggests a different preperation, then please follow the physician's directions.