Imaging What to Expect

Before your exam, a Nuclear Medicine Technologist will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. A Nuclear Medicine Technologist is a skilled medical professional who has received specialized education in areas of radiation protection, patient care, radiation exposure, radiopharmaceuticals and nuclear medicine procedures.

Depending on the type of exam your physician ordered, you may be required to follow special instructions. These may include not eating or drinking several hours prior to your exam, withholding certain medications, or avoiding drinks and foods with caffeine.

For most exams, you will be positioned on a scanning table underneath the Gamma Camera. The camera then detects and records the radioactive emission from your body which produces an image. You will need to lie still during the exam. The equipment does not give off any radiation. Imaging may take an hour, two hours or even several days depending on the procedure you are having.