Parathyroid Study

You have been scheduled for a parathyroid study, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

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 the scan room an I.V. will be started in a vein in your arm. A technologist will give you an injection through the I.V. and we will wait a few minutes before we take an image. You will be asked to lie down on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will take images of your neck and chest. You will then be asked to return approximately one hour later for more images. Once you are on the exam table you will be asked to remain still for thirty minutes while images are taken. During this time the technologist will give you another injection through your I.V.

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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