Nuclear Medicine

Patient Preparation


Preparing for Your Nuclear Medicine Exam

There are different preparations involved with each nuclear medicine study. Please refer to the exam you are having to look up the correct prep for your study. Please let us know if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

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Bone Scan/3 Phase Bone Scan

  • Drink 16 ounces of water 1 hour prior to exam (you MAY go to the bathroom)
  • You will come in and receive an injection. You will then be given a return time by the technologist to come back and have your scan taken. This will be 3-4 hours after your injection. Imaging will take 35 minutes to 1 hour.

Renal Scan

  • Drink 16 ounces of water 1 hour prior to exam (you MAY go to the bathroom)
  • Renal scan takes 1-2 hours to complete
  • If having a Renal scan with Captopril do not take any ACE inhibitor medications for 5 days prior

HIDA Scan with CCK

  • No barium contrast studies 7 days prior to exam
  • Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to exam
  • No medications 6 hours prior to exam
  • Exam will take 2-4 hours to complete

MUGA Scan

  • No preparation
  • Exam will take 1-2 hours to complete

Conventional Exercise Stress Test

  • No food or drink 1 hour prior to exam.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and sneakers.
  • No body powder or lotions on your skin, deodorant is fine.
  • No caffeinated, decaffeinated, carbonated beverages, or chocolate in any form after midnight.
  • Check with department for which medications to hold. The cardiologist performing the stress test will dictate which medications are to be held.

Nuclear Medicine Stress Test

  • No food or drink after midnight. You may take your allowed morning medications with small sips of water
  • No caffeinated, decaffeinated, or carbonated beverages or chocolate in any form starting from 8am the day prior to your exam.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and sneakers
  • No body powder or lotions on your skin, deodorant is fine
  • Hold all beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, nitrates, and digoxin 24 hours prior to exam, unless told otheriwse
  • Exam will take approximately 3 1/2-4 hours. If your exam is scheduled for 2 days you will be here 1 1/2 hours one day and 2 hours the second day.