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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty within the field of medical imaging. It comprises diagnostic exams that result in images of the anatomy and function in every major organ system in the body.

Generally, radiation to the patient is similar to that resulting from standard X-ray examinations.

The imaging center at EvergreenHealth's Kirkland campus has a dual head SPECT/CT gamma camera, one single head gamma camera and a thyroid probe/well counter.

We perform all general nuclear medicine studies with emphasis on:

  • Orthopedic
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Neurological
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiology
  • Oncology and therapeutic services

Preparing for your nuclear medicine exam

Locate your test below, and follow the preparation instructions.

Test: Bone Scan–Total Body

Prep: None

Test: Bone Scan–Limited

Prep: None

Test: Bone Scan–Tri-Phasic

Prep: None

Test: Bone SPECT

Prep: None

Test: Double SPECT

Prep: None

Test: Brain SPECT

Prep: None

Test: DMSA Renal Scan

Prep: None

Test: Gallium 76 Scan

Prep: None

Test: Gastric Emptying

Prep: Nothing by mouth four hours prior to the exam.

Test: GI Bleed (tagged red blood cell scan)

Prep: None

Test: Hida Scan

Prep: Nothing by mouth four hours prior to the exam; no narcotic pain medication for 12 hours prior to the exam.

Test: Lasix Renogram

Prep: Be well hydrated, drink plenty of water.

Test: Meckel's Scan

Prep: None

Test: Metastron (samarium therapy)

Prep: None

Test: MIBG Scan

Prep: Radiology will call you with prep instructions.

Test: Muga (cardiac blood pool)

Prep: None

Test: Octreotide (whole body tumor scan)

Prep: None for first day, be well hydrated for the second day–drink plenty of fluids.

Test: Parathyroid Scan (sestamibi scan)

Prep: None

Test: Sentinal Nodes

Prep: None

Test: Thyroid Uptakes

Prep: Nothing by mouth four hours prior to the exam. Patients on thyroid medications need to discontinue meds for three weeks prior to the exam. Must have no Iodine contrast injections for the past two months. Must also be at least two months from most recent CT exam.

Test: Thyroid Therapy

Prep: Nothing by mouth from midnight prior to the exam; no Iodine within the last two months

Test: Thyroid Total Body Metastatic Survey

Prep: Nothing by mouth four hours prior to exam

Test: VQ Scan (ventilation and profusion)

Prep: None

Test: White Cell Scan (indium scam)

Prep: None

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