MIBG Scan

You have been scheduled for a MIBG scan, 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:
You will need to go to a pharmacy and pick up Iodine drops prescribed by your physician. You will take the iodine drops for two to three days prior to the MIBG injection and four days after the injection. 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:
Once in the injection room you will receive an injection in a vein in your arm. You will then return later in the day for the scan. For the scan you will be asked to lie down on a table and a camera with two or three detectors will take images from your head to pelvis. This image takes forty five minutes. The next day when you return you will receive another injection in a vein in your arm before your scan begins. Images similar to what you had the previous day will be acquired. This scan takes about one hour. Following these images you may have an image where the detectors rotate around you giving the physician three dimensional images similar to a CT or MRI. These images take about thirty minutes.

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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