Brain Scan

You have been scheduled for a brain scan, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects. You will be injected with the radioactive material intravenously.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
Once in a quiet room an I.V. will be started in your arm. You will be asked to keep your eyes open and not speak for five minutes. During this time a radioactive tracer will be injected into the I.V. You will then be asked to wait 30 minutes before you are moved into the scan room. Once in the scan room you will be lying down on a table and a camera with three detectors will rotate around your head. The camera will make three dimensional images of your brain. The scan takes approximately 45 minutes.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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