ProstaScint Scan

You have been scheduled for a ProstaScint 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:
There are no pre-test instructions for the first visit. You will be given the pre-test instructions for the scan at the time of your injection.

What to expect:
Once you arrive you will be given an injection in a vein in your arm. Four days later you return for the scan. When you return we will draw some blood from you. You will then be asked to lie on a table and a camera with two camera heads will take an image of your body from head to pelvis. This will take thirty minutes. We will then give your blood back to you and take a three dimensional image of your pelvis. For this image the camera will rotate around your pelvis area. This image takes forty five minutes. Occasionally we need patients to return the next day or two days later for follow up images of the abdomen. We will let you know if you need to return sometime in the afternoon on the day of your scan.

The images will be reviewed and 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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