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					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.