For thyroid studies it is important that you have discontinued thyroid medications, multivitamins, and have not had a contrasted exam. Some medications should be discontinued for up to 2 weeks prior to exam. Please check with your physician or the NM department if you have questions about discontinuing medications.
These tests are not recommended for pregnant women, or nursing mothers in most instances. Please be sure to inform the technologist if you are pregnant or nursing.
Some NM exams require that you do not have anything to eat or drink prior, please check with the scheduling department, your physician or with the NM department if you have questions.
Some NM exams will require that you spend up to 3-4 hours in the department, you may be able to leave the department and return, or you may bring books or music players.
Typically no advance preparation is required for a nuclear medicine exam with the following 2 exceptions:
If your stomach area is being evaluated you may be asked to skip a meal prior to your test.
If your kidneys are being evaluated you may be asked to drink plenty of water prior to your test.