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What is a radioactive scan used for?

What is a radioactive scan used for?

A nuclear medicine scan uses small amounts of radiation to create pictures of tissues, bones, and organs inside the body. The radioactive material collects in certain areas of your body, and special cameras find the radiation and make images that help your medical team diagnose and treat cancer and other illnesses.

How are radionuclide images produced?

Tracking the radionuclide Sometimes a computer analyzes the radiation to produce a series of 2-dimensional images that look like slices of the body. Usually, the tracer is injected in a vein, but for some tests, the tracer is swallowed, inhaled, or injected under the skin (subcutaneously) or into the joint.

How long does a radionuclide scan take?

A nuclear scan usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes, plus the waiting time after the radioactive material is given. For bone scans, the material takes 2 to 3 hours to be absorbed.

How much does a gallium scan cost?

How Much Does a Gallium Scan Cost? On MDsave, the cost of a Gallium Scan ranges from $993.00 to $2,617. Those on high deductible health plans or without insurance can save when they buy their procedure upfront through MDsave.

Can you be radioactive after a scan?

Yes, you will be radioactive after a nuclear medicine scan. But we use such small amounts of radiotracers that you will not be radioactive within a day.

How does radionuclide scanning work?

A small amount of a radioactive chemical (radionuclide) is injected into a vein or swallowed. Different radionuclides travel through the blood to different organs. A machine with a special camera moves over the person lying on a table and detects the type of radiation given off by the radionuclides.

What is special scanning?

Overview. A single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) scan lets your doctor analyze the function of some of your internal organs. A SPECT scan is a type of nuclear imaging test, which means it uses a radioactive substance and a special camera to create 3-D pictures.

Why Nuclear medicine is bad?

Although no harmful effects are expected, your long-term risks of harm from this degree of radiation exposure might be as high as 1 in 1000. Harmful effects could include the development of cancer and genetic changes.”

Is gallium scanning safe?

Although large amounts of radiation can increase your risk of cancer, the exposure from a gallium scan is very small. It’s less than what is used for many types of X-rays. Your body naturally clears the gallium from your system over several days. The radioactive material is not a danger to anyone around you.

What do you need to know about a radionuclide scan?

Radionuclide Scanning. Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 20, 2019. A radionuclide scan is an imaging technique that uses a small dose of a radioactive chemical (isotope) called a tracer that can detect cancer, trauma, infection or other disorders. In a radionuclide scan, the tracer either is injected into a vein or swallowed.

Where does the tracer go in a radionuclide scan?

In a radionuclide scan, the tracer either is injected into a vein or swallowed. Once the tracer enters the body, it travels through the bloodstream to the organ being targeted, such as the thyroid, heart or bones.

What do you call a gallbladder radionuclide scan?

The gallbladder radionuclide scan is also called hepatobiliary imaging, or hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scan (HIDA). Why is a gallbladder radionuclide scan performed? A gallbladder radionuclide scan is done to help detect potential problems with your gallbladder or ducts near the gallbladder. Problems may include:

Can a child overdose on a radionuclide scan?

Although an overdose of the isotope is possible, this is very rare. Some pediatric experts believe that the radiation used in certain radionuclide scans, particularly bone scans, is too high for children, so they recommend these tests only when absolutely necessary.