Nuclear Medicine Procedures

Bone scan (whole body or limited)
Must arrive at your appointment time for injection (this should take about 10 minutes). Leave and then return for a 30 minute scan in approximately 3 hours. No other prep necessary.
Bone scan (three phase)
must arrive at your appointment time for an injection and a 30 minute scan. Leave and then return in approximately three hours for the last 30 minute scan. No other prep necessary.
Gastric emptying study
No food or drink for six hours prior to the exam. You must bring a cup of scrambled eggs or oatmeal with you (no other foods are acceptable). This test takes 90 minutes.
Hida scan
Nothing to eat or drink for six hours prior to test. This exam takes 90 minutes.
Renal scan (baseline)
No prep necessary. This exam takes approximately 45 minutes.
Muga scan
No food or drink after midnight. Arrive at your appointment time for an injection and return in one hour for a 20 minute scan.
Exercise only stress test (EST)
Arrive at your appointment time for exam. You should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This exam takes 30 to 45 minutes.
Nuclear stress test (MPS, PST)
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. No coffee on the morning of the test. It is okay to take your regular medication on the morning of the exam except for nitroglycerin or insulin. You should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This test takes approximately four hours to complete. You will get a break to go out for breakfast before the second half of the test begins.
Thyroid uptake
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Arrive at your appointment time and you will be given a radioactive pill you will leave and return in approximately four hours for a 30 minute scan. You will return the next morning for your final 30 minute scan.
Thyroid therapy (I-131)
Nothing to eat or drink four hours prior to the test. Arrive at your appointment time and you will be given a radioactive pill. You will be instructed as to the precautions you should exercise for the next 48 hours by the nuclear technologist.

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CT Scan

Name of Test Test Takes Preparation
CT HEAD/BRAIN15-30 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 4 HOURS PRIOR
CT CHEST15-30 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 4 HOURS PRIOR
CT EXTREMITIES15 MINUTESNO PREP
CT FACIAL BONES15 MINUTESNO PREP
CT IAC15-30 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 4 HOURS PRIOR
SINUS15 MINUTESNO PREP
CT SOFT TISSUE NECK30 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 4 HOURS PRIOR
CT OF SPINE15 MINUTESNO PREP
CT STONE STUDY15 MINUTESNO PREP
CT ABDOMEN ORGAN ONLY (i.e. kidneys, liver, adrenals, spleen, pancreas, etc.)30 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 4 HOURS PRIOR AND NO ORAL PREP
CT ABDOMEN *30 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 4 HOURS PRIOR
CT PELVIS BONE STUDY (i.e. si joints, sacrum, or coccyx)15 MINUTESNO PREP
CT PELVIS **30 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 4 HOURS PRIOR
CT ABDOMEN AND PELVIS **30 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 4 HOURS PRIOR

* PICK UP ORAL PREP AT HEALTHSTAR DIAGNOSTIC OFFICE. DRINK 1 BOTTLE OF CONTRAST 2 HOURS PRIOR TO THE APPOINTMENT TIME. ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY TO BEGIN YOUR SECOND BOTTLE OF ORAL PREP. THE ORAL PREP IS VANILLA FLAVORED AND THE TASTE IS USUALLY IMPROVED BY REFRIGERATION. YOU MAY USE OTHER LIQUIDS TO CHANGE THE FLAVOR (i.e. chocolate syrup, juice, cola, coffee, etc. but do not add more than to the top of the bottle).

** PICK UP ORAL PREP AT HEALTHSTAR DIAGNOSTIC OFFICE. DRINK FIRST DRINK FIRST BOTTLE OF ORAL PREP AT BEDTIME THE NIGHT BEFORE IF YOU HAVE A AM APPOINTMENT OR SIX HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR TEST IF YOU HAVE A PM APPOINTMENT. DRINK THE SECOND BOTTLE OF ORAL PREP 2 HOURS PRIOR TO THE APPOINTMENT TIME. YOU MUST ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY TO BEGIN YOUR THIRD BOTTLE OF ORAL PREP. THE ORAL PREP IS VANILLA FLAVORED AND THE TASTE IS USUALLY IMPROVED BY REFRIGERATION. YOU MAY USE OTHER LIQUIDS TO CHANGE THE FLAVOR (i.e. chocolate syrup, juice, cola, coffee, etc. but do not add more than to the top of the bottle).

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Ultrasound

Name of Test Test Takes Preparation
AORTA DUPLEX15 MINUTES NO PREP
ABDOMEN COMPLETE30 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 8 HOURS PRIOR
ABDOMEN SINGLE ORGAN (i.e. gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, liver, etc.)15 MINUTESNO FOOD OR DRINK 8 HOURS PRIOR
ABDOMEN SINGLE ORGAN (i.e. kidneys/renals)15 MINUTESNO PREP
BLADDER30 MINUTESDRINK 64 OZ OF WATER 3 hours prior, bladder must be extremely full at arrival
THYROID15 MINUTESNO PREP
BREAST30 MINUTESNO PREP
TESTICULAR30 MINUTESNO PREP
VENOUS DOPPLER30 MINUTESNO PREP
ABI15 MINUTESNO PREP
ECHO30-45 MINUTESNO PREP
ARTERIAL STUDY WITH SEGMENTAL PRESSURES30 MINUTESNO PREP
CAROTID DUPLEX20 MINUTESNO PREP
EXTREMITY NON VASCULAR15 MINUTESNO PREP
NEEDLE GUIDED BIOPS (i.e. breast, thyroid)30-45 MINUTESNO PREP
PELVIC (not sexually active or older women)30 MINUTESDRINK 64 OZ OF WATER 3 hours prior, bladder must be extremely full at arrival
PELVIC ENDOVAGINAL30 MINUTESNO PREP

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Extremity MRI

For your comfort and peace of mind, we have installed the latest state-of-the-art MRI equipment.

Designed for ultimate comfort and exceptional quality, the MSK Extreme® allows you to relax in a reclining chair while your hand, arm, elbow, foot, leg or ankle is quietly scanned.

Your doctor will love the high-quality images that rival those produced by a large, full-body system. You'll love the comfort and speed.

When your doctor orders an extremity MRI, ask for us. You'll be so comfortable, you may even forget you're having an MRI.

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