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Gamma Camera

Nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers that are typically injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. The radiotracer travels through the area being examined and gives off energy in the form of gamma rays which are detected by a special camera and a computer to create images of the inside of your body. Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures and offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages.

There is no special preparation for this scan.

  1. Unless you’re told otherwise, you can eat and drink as normal. However, we would advise you to drink plenty of fluids for about two hours before your injection and for the rest of the day
  2. You can continue to take all your tablets or medication as normal
  3. You should remove any metal objects as this may interfere with the scan
  4. Once the test is over you may eat and drink as normal. The procedure will not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.

Safety Notes:

  • The scan is not recommended during pregnancy or for nursing mothers (breast feeding)
  • Very rarely, some people have an allergic reaction to the injection

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