Thyroid Scan is a specialized imaging procedure for examining the thyroid, gland that controls metabolism. During this scan a radioactive iodine or 99mTc tracer is used to examine the structure and function of the thyroid gland.
You must inform the doctor of any history of allergy or asthma and your medical history.
This procedure does not require fasting.
You must have plenty of water.
In case you have done this scan earlier, please carry your past reports / CDs.
You are advised not to wear any jewellery / ornaments on your neck as the imaging is done in the neck region.
You must avoid using mobile phone during the procedure.
If you know or think you could be pregnant, inform your doctor. Attending staff.
This procedure will take around 30 to 40 minutes.
Technician will check history, explain the procedure and all the instructions you must follow during the procedure and obtain consent from you.
Small dose of radioactive IV injection is given and scan will be done 20 minutes later. You will have to wait in the injection room.
After 20 minutes you will be taken for the scan. The scan duration is about 10 minutes.
Drink 2 litres of water for the rest of the day. This is essential to flush out the remaining radioactive medicine in the body.
You must stay away from pregnant women and children for 24 hours, to avoid radioactive exposure.
There are no dietary restrictions post the procedure and you may resume all normal activities too.
Reports will be issued the same day.