Imaging Center

Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan (Kidney)

Purpose: A Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure used to evaluate the function and structure of the kidneys.

Preparation: Do not have any barium studies 2-3 days prior to the exam. You will be instructed to drink at least 3 eight ounce glasses of water 1-2 hours before your exam. 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 ask you to lie on your back on the scanning table. A radioactive isotope will be injected into a vein in your arm. Multiple images will be acquired as the isotope travels through your kidneys. It is important that you lie still during the entire procedure.

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: 60 minutes

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