What to expect from my scan?

  • The technologist will confirm your identity and then ask a series of questions relating to your condition and the reason for the exam. The questions vary with each type of exam. Once the assessment is completed, you will be given the radioactive medication. Some exams are performed immediately, some require you to return later the same day, and some require you to return again the next day. You will also be given a time to return based on the study being performed.
  • Once the assessment is completed, you will receive a small amount of radioactive medicine by mouth or by injection. Different compounds are used to study different parts of the body.
  • 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.