WHAT IS A THYROID SCAN?
A Nuclear Medicine Thyroid Scan is used to determine the function, shape, size and location of your thyroid.
A Thyroid Scan can also be called a Tc-99m Thyroid Scan or a Thyroid Isotope Scan.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A THYROID SCAN?
Part 1. When you arrive you will be given a small injection of a radiotracer. The injection should not make you feel any different. You
then have to wait approximately 20minutes for the injection to be taken-up your thyroid gland.
Part 2. Imaging staff will now take images of you neck and thyroid gland. This will take approximately 15-30 minutes.
HOW LONG DOES A THYROID SCAN TAKE?
The test can take up to 1 hour.
PREPARATION REQUIRED FOR A THYROID SCAN?
- Please make staff aware if you think you maybe pregnant or if you are breast-feeding prior to making an appointment
- You may be asked to cease certain Thyroid Medication.
- If you have had a CT Scan or an Angiogram in the last 6 weeks please inform the Imaging Staff prior to your appointment
- Please bring previous scans which relate to your Thyroid.
WHEN WILL MY DOCTOR RECEIVE MY RESULTS?
Your Referring Doctor will receive your results within 48hrs.