Thyroid Body Scan

You have been scheduled for a thyroid body 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.

Preparation for the procedure:
You may be able to stay on your thyroid medication for this test if your physician gives you three injections of a thyroid stimulating hormone prior to beginning this exam, otherwise you must be off all thyroid medication. Please consult your physician for 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 exam room you will be given a radioactive pill to drink. You will be asked to return two days later for the images. When you return for the images you will be lying down on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera takes images of your body. The scan takes one hour.

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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