Appendicitis Study

You have been scheduled for an appendicitis study, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
We begin by drawing some blood from you. Approximately two hours later you will return and we inject your radiolabelled blood back into you. You will be asked to return thirty minutes later for images of the abdomen. Once in the scan room you will be lying down on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will take images of your abdomen. Images will be taken every fifteen minutes for approximately two hours. A SPECT image may be done for further information. For this study you will be lying down on a table and a camera with three detectors will rotate around you and make three dimensional images of your abdomen. Claustrophobia is not usually a problem. This gives the doctor information similar to a CT or MRI.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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