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Nuclear Medicine (NM) Prep

Cisternogram
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Drink extra fluids the day before the exam.
  • No solid foods from midnight on the morning of the test.
  • Medications may be taken with a few sips of water.
  • You may eat light after injection so you may bring something to eat while you wait.
  • Plan on being in our department for about 5-6 hours.
  • There is no prep for remaining imaging days.
Gallbladder with Ejection Fraction
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours before test (2 hour minimum for diabetic patients).
  • No pain meds for at least 3 days before test.
  • Have a fatty snack between 8pm-9pm the night before your test.
Gastric Emptying
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Fasting after midnight, no smoking after midnight.
  • You will eat test meal, and may not eat any other food or drink until the entire test is completed.
  • Please inform imaging dept if you are allergic to eggs.
GE Reflux with or without Aspiration Imaging

Reflux Study:

  • Adults: Over night fasting
  • Children: Over night fasting
  • Infants: withhold morning feeding. Bring a bottle of infants formula, milk or juice, a separate clean empty bottle and a separate nipple to the appointment.

Aspiration Study:

  • Adults: Fasting 2 hours
  • Children: Fasting 2 hours
  • Infants: Bring a bottle of infants formula, milk or juice, a separate clean empty bottle and a separate nipple to the appointment.

Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Pre-treatment is given by prescription from the ordering physician.
  • Fasting 6 hours before test, no smoking after midnight.
  • No barium studies 48 hours before this test.
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (Stress Test)
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • No caffine 24 hours before exam (including de-caf coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, or over the counter meds containg caffine like excederin)
  • No nicotine products day of appointment
  • Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours before exam.
  • No long lasting nitroglycerin medications 24 hours before your exam.
  • Wear comfortable walking clothes.
  • See list for restricted meds.
Parathyroid Imaging
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Must be off thyroid medications for one month (see med list).
  • No iodine, kelp, or contrast studies for 30 days prior to exam.
  • Fasting after midnight except liquids.
  • Wear loose fitting neckline the day of the appointment.
Octreotide Scan
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Hydrate well the day before the test.
  • Eat a good breakfast then nothing bust clear liquids until after the 4 hour imaging.
Renal Imaging
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Oral hydration begginging 2 hours prior to exam (at least two 8 oz glasses).
  • No renal angiography or angioplasty/stent within 72 hours of exam.
  • No IV contrast dyes within 24 hours of exam.
Stress Echo
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours before exam.
  • See list for restricted meds.
Thyroid Uptake and Scan
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Fasting after midnight except liquids
  • No thyroid meds, iodine, kelp, or contrast dyes per restricted list.
  • Clothes should have loose necklines.
Thyroid Scan Only
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam.
  • Fasting after mignight except liquids
  • No thyroid meds, iodine, kelp or contrast dyes per restricted list.
  • Clothes should have loose neckline.

No PREP

The following procedures require no prep, but please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam:

  • Bone scan limited
  • Bone scan 3 phase
  • Bone scan whole body
  • Bone marrow- total body or limited
  • GI bleeding scan
  • Labeled WBC scan
  • Liver/RBC hemangioma imaging
  • Liver spleen imaging
  • MUGA
  • Gallium scan
  • Testicular