Nuclear Medicine Exam Instructions

Thyroid Uptake and Nuclear Stress Test

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Thyroid Uptake and Scan: This is usually a two day procedure.

First Day: Patient will be asked to come in to the office to pick up an iodine capsule.  The patient will swallow iodine capsule 6 hours prior to exam.

Second Day: The Thyroid Scan will be performed. The patient will be injected with a small amount of a radioactive agent. Images will then be taken to examine the thyroid.

Thyroid Scan Prep:
Nothing by mouth 6 hours prior to exam
No shell fish 7 days prior to exam
No cough medicine prior to appointment, unless iodine free
After checking with your doctor, discontinue taking the following medication:
Synthroid - 4 weeks prior to exam
Cytonel - 2 weeks prior to exam
PTU - 1 week prior to exam
Tapazole - 5 days prior to exam
Lavoxyl - 8 days prior to exam
Multivitamins - 2 weeks prior to exam
No iodine contrast studies (CT, IVP, Angiogram or Myelogram) 6 weeks prior to exam
Please call the office with any questions you might have concerning your Thyroid Scan procedure.
We ask that you arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time so that we can complete a detailed medical

NUCLEAR STRESS TEST
*** If you are unable to keep your appointment, you MUST call to cancel.***

Your physician has ordered a nuclear stress test. This is a noninvasive method of detecting heart disease. It is used to evaluate patients who have chest discomfort, to monitor heart function in patients with known heart disease, or to evaluate the progress of patients who have had previous angioplasties or stents.

TEST PREPARATION

TESTING PROCEDURE
Rest Portion

Exercise Portion

For patients who cannot exercise

PLEASE ALLOW 3-4 HOURS FOR THE ENTIRE TEST TO BE COMPLETED