Southeastern Med NUCLEAR MEDICINE TESTING Diagnostic Imaging Services 1341 North Clark Street Cambridge, Ohio 43725 740-439-8716 Nuclear Medicine is the use of very small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose- and sometimes treat-disease. It is a safe and effective way to detect a wide variety of conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and infections. To prepare for the test you must talk to your doctor for specific instructions, the majority of testing does not allow eating, drinking, smoking, consumption of caffeine, or even chewing gum. It is very important to follow your physician’s instructions. Please contact the nuclear medicine department with any questions regarding your test at 740-439-8023, or the radiology nursing staff for any questions regarding your medications at 740-439-8085. When you arrive at the medical center go to the Outpatient Registration (located on the ground floor) to register for your test. You should arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. After being registered a nuclear medicine technologist will come to the waiting area and escort you to the testing area, no visitors are permitted in the testing area. The technologist will ask you several questions concerning your history. First, you will have the radioactive material given in one of several different ways: injection or IV, capsules, liquid, food, or breathing in the medicine. The material then travels to specific organs and tissues where it allows the imaging to take place. Special equipment is then used to produce the images, which will be read by the radiologist and a report will be forwarded to your doctor. When you are finished with your exam and released to go home, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, (this helps to pass the material-isotope from your body). The isotopes lose their radioactivity very quickly and pass out of the body within 24 hours. If you are pregnant or nursing please notify your doctor before doing this type of testing.
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