Parathyroid Scan

This exam will allow for the imaging of parathyroid glands. These are small glands located in the neck.


  • This is a two part exam.
  • A nuclear medicine technologist will inject a small amount of radioactive material through the vein.
  • After a 15 minute wait, you will lay on an imaging table with a gamma camera located over the neck.
  • Imaging is required for up to 45 minutes.
  • There will be a short break and then you will be returning for additional images that could take up to 45 minutes.
  • Total time of the exam is 2 ½ to 4 hours.

After the procedure

  • You must follow up with the ordering doctor.


  • Bring a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
  • Bring a list of current medications.


  • 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.
  • For Macomb patients: Please note that our Nuclear Medicine equipment has a table weight limit of 400 lbs.
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