White-Wilson Medical Center

Nuclear Medicine Preparation Nuclear Medicine Preparation

A Nuclear Medicine scan is a type of exam that uses radiation to help doctors evaluate physiology and function and to detect disease, inflammation, or infection throughout the body. Below are the instructions to prepare patients for a Nuclear Medicine scan.

Total Body Bone Scan

No Prep.

Limited Bone Scan

No Prep.

Triple Phase Bone Scan

No Prep.

HIDA Scan With Or Without EF

NPO 6 hours prior to exam. No pain meds.

Gastric Emptying

NPO 6 hours prior to exam.

Renal Imaging (MAG 3)

Drink plenty of water.

Renal With Lasix

Patient should be off diuretics for at least 24 hours if possible and be well hydrated.

Renal With Captopril

Patient should be off diuretics for at least 24 hours if possible and be well hydrated. Patient should be off ACE inhibitors (BP meds) for 48 hours before exam.

Myocardial Perfusion (Stress Test)

NPO 6 hours. Medication prep given by cardiology.

Thyroid Scan Only

No thyroid meds for 3 weeks or iodinated contrast 8 weeks prior to exam.

Thyroid Scan and Uptake

No thyroid meds for 6 weeks or iodinated contrast 8 weeks prior to exam.

Para Thyroid Scan

No thyroid meds or iodinated contrast 3 weeks prior to exam.

MUGA Scan

No Prep.

Meckel's Bowel Imaging

NPO 4 hours prior to exam. Tagamet (300 mg x 4 times a day) taken 48 hours prior.