This exam shows how well the kidneys are functioning.
- You will be asked to drink some water upon arrival in the nuclear medicine department.
- An intravenous (IV) site will be started in one of your arms.
- You will be placed on a scanning table with a gamma camera located under the table in position to image the kidneys.
- The nuclear medicine technologist will inject a small amount of radioactive tracer through the IV site and begin the imaging process immediately.
- Imaging will require you to lie flat on your back completely still for 30-40 minutes.
- It is possible that the doctor may order the exam with a diuretic, which may require additional imaging.
- Total time for the exam may be up to one hour.
After the procedure
- You will follow up with ordering doctor.
- Bring a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
- Bring a list of current medications.
- Well hydrate, 2-3 glasses of water, before exam.
- If you are pregnant or suspect you may be, contact your referring doctor.
- Tell the technologist if you are planning to travel out of the country.