Imaging Center

Nuclear Medicine Parathyroid Scan

Purpose: A Nuclear Medicine Parathyroid Scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure used to evaluate the parathyroid.

Preparation: A Parathyroid Scan does not require any advance preparation. Prior to your exam, a Nuclear Medicine Technician will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. If you think you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before your exam.

What to Expect: The technologist will inject a radioactive isotope into a vein in your arm. Fifteen minutes following the injection, and again 3 hours after the injection, images of the parathyroid gland will be taken. Each imaging sequence will take approximately 10 minutes. You will be allowed to leave the department between imaging sequences.

Post Exam Information: Your images will be reviewed by a Radiologist and the results of your exam will be forwarded to your physician. Your physician will be able to discuss the results of your exam with you.

Time Frame: Total time 3.5 hours (See above notes)

Contact for additional information: Rusk County Memorial Hospital Imaging Services Department at 715-532-5561 ext. 1244.