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Parathyroid Scan

A Parathyroid Scan looks for the presence of Parathyroid Adenomas.

What will happen when you have your Parathyroid Scan

There are two main parts to your parathyroid scan:

  1. When you arrive in the department you will be given a small injection of a ‘tracer’ into a vein in your arm This injection has no side effects. You will be placed on the gamma camera’s scanning table and pictures will be acquired immediately. This will take approximately 40 minutes. Once these images are acquired you will be asked to return to the Nuclear Medicine department approximately 3hrs later.
  2. On your return to the Nuclear Medicine department you will be asked to lie on the scanning table and more images will be acquired. This will take approximately 30 minutes.

What you need to do and how to prepare for the test

You will not be required to undress for the scan. The scan is performed with the Gamma Camera close to your body but you do not go through a “tunnel”

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • You will need an appointment for this test
  • You can eat and drink normally before the test
  • You can take your medications as normal
  • You will be in the department for up to 1.5hrs for the first part of the test and 50 minutes for the second part of the test
  • Please bring any previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment
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