Nuclear Medicine

(201) 392-3518

Monday-Friday
7:00am–7:00pm

Nuclear medicine is a type of radiological tests that involve the use of radioactive medication to diagnose and treat disease. The materials are typically injected into a vein but can be also swallowed or inhaled. Depending on the type of test, two or three-dimensional images of the internal body can be created.

(201) 392-3518

Monday-Friday
7:00am–7:00pm

Explanation of Exam:
This scan is ordered to rule out osteomyelitis & infection. Blood will be taken as soon as the patient arrives at Nuclear Medicine, where they will tag(attach) Ceretec to the white blood cells. Approximately 5 hours after the blood is drawn the tagged blood will be injected back into the body. The patient will be scanned for 2 hours following the re-injection.

Scheduled Times:
There is no set scheduled times or dates for this exam, however, taking into consideration the length of the procedure, we try to schedule this first thing in the morning.

Lead Time:
Needs at least 2 business days notice to order the Ceretec Scan for this exam.

Total Time:
You will be here for approximately 7 hours.

Medicine Restrictions:
There are no medical restrictions for patients having a Ceretec Scan.

Fasting Requirements:
You can eat as normal leading up to the exam.

Explanation of Exam:
Gallium Scans are generally performed over a 3-day period of time.
Day 1: Patient receives an injection of Gallium.
Day 2: Depending on physicians orders the patient will return anywhere from 2 to 24 hours later (generally 24 hours) for the scan. The scan lasts approximately 1 hour.
Day 3: Patient returns once again at the physicians’ request for one more scan. This scan usually lasts 1 hour.

Scheduled Times:
These exams cannot be scheduled after Wednesday. (Remember, it’s a 3-day scan) Taking into consideration the amount of time for the exam, schedule the exam for early morning.

Lead Time:
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time:
1.5 hours each day.

Medicine Restrictions:
There are no medical restrictions for patients having the Gallium Scan.

Fasting Requirements:
Day 1: Eat meals as normal before the exam, light meals after.
Day 2: Eat only eat light meals. (Water, cereal, soup, Jell-O).
Day 3: Eat only eat light meals. (Water, cereal, soup, Jell-O).

Explanation of Exam:
This exam is ordered to determine bleeding in the GI tract.

The patient will be injected with PYP, an isotope that attaches itself to the red blood cells in the body. 15 to 20 minutes after the injection the patient will then be injected with technesium (tech-knee-z-um) which also tags itself to the red blood cells. The patient will be scanned after that injection. The scan lasts roughly 1 hour, possibly more if the Radiologist requires more views.

Scheduled Times:
The GI Bleed can be done at any time of the day, Monday through Friday.

Lead Time:
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time:
2 to 2.5 hours.

Medicine Restrictions:
There are no medical restrictions for patients having the GI Bleed.

Fasting Requirements:
You can eat as normal leading up to the exam.

Explanation of Exam:
This exam is ordered to differentiate a tumor from a hemangioma.

The patient will be injected with PYP that will attach itself to the red blood cells of the body. The Nuclear Technologist will wait approximately 15 to 20 minutes and will inject technetium. The patient will be instructed to wait for an additional 2 hours. After waiting, the technologist will scan the patient for approximately 1 hour.

Scheduled Times:
Taking into consideration the amount of time for this scan, it is best to schedule it Monday through Friday first thing in the morning.

Lead Time:
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time:
4 hours.

Medicine Restrictions:
There are no medical restrictions for patients having a Hemangioma Scan.

Fasting Requirements:
You can eat as normal leading up to the exam.

Explanation of Exam:
This exam is ordered to rule out/locate gallstones.

Patient will be injected with HIDA, immediately following the injection they will be scanned for approximately 1 to 3 hours.

Scheduled Times:
This exam can be done anytime between 7 am and 3 pm, Monday-Friday.

Lead Time:
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time:
3 to 3.5 hours.

Medicine Restrictions:
There are no medicine restrictions for patients having a HIDA scan.

Fasting Requirements:
NPO for at least 6 hours.

Explanation of Exam:
The patient will be injected with technetium and will be scanned for 1 hour immediately following the injection.

Scheduled Times:
This exam should be done early in the morning.

Lead Time:
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time:
1.5 hours.

Medicine Restrictions:
There are no medicine restrictions for patients having a Meckel’s Scan.

Fasting Requirements:
NPO after midnight the previous evening.

Explanation of Exam:
Patient will be injected with DTPAor MAG-3 while under the camera and will be scanned immediately for 1 hour. If the rule out is Hypertension the MD ordering the exam should administer Captopril for the patient to take one hour before exam time. If MD is ordering a Lasix Renal Scan, the patient will be injected with Lasix 15 minutes after they are injected with the DTPA or MAG-3. The patient will then be scanned immediately for 1 hour.

Scheduled Times:
This exam can be done anytime between 7 am and 1 pm.

Lead Time:
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time:
1.5 hours.

Medicine Restrictions:
There are no medicine restrictions for patients having a Renal Scan.

Fasting Requirements:
You can eat as normal leading up to exam.

Explanation of Exam:
Patient will be injected with Myoview and will wait 15 to 30 minutes. After the allotted time, the patient will be scanned for approximately 20 minutes. Once the initial scan is complete, the patient will receive an IV and an EKG. The patient will be monitored via EKG and blood pressure. The Cardiologist arrives and the patient will be stressed on a treadmill to patient’s tolerance level. After patient walks on the treadmill, he/she will be injected with Myoview and will be monitored for the time frame specified by the cardiologist. The patient will be scanned once again depending on the results of the stress. If the doctor is ordering a Persantine Myoview: Patient will be injected with Persantine instead of being stressed on the treadmill. The Persantine stress the heart. Fifteen minutes following the Persantine injection the patient will be injected with Myoview.

Scheduled Times:
Myoview Stress Tests can only be scheduled with a Cardiologists office, and can only be done the following times of day: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 10:15 am. Cardiologist time is for 1.5 hours.

Lead Time:
24-hour notice is enough time for Nuclear to receive the necessary isotopes for the exam.

Total Time:
5 hours.

Medicine Restrictions:
Medications CANNOT be taken the day of the exam.

Fasting Requirements:
NPO for 12 hours prior to the exam.

Explanation of Exam:
This exam is ordered to rule out osteopath and cellulitis.

The patient will be injected under the camera for a flow study and blood pool image. 2 hours after the initial images the patient will be scanned again.

Scheduled Times:
This exam can be done any day of the week at either 9:00 am or 9:30 am.

 

Medicine Restrictions:
There are no medicine restrictions for patients having a Three Phase Bone Scan.

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