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Thyroid Scan Only Using Tc-99m

Instructions & Information for Procedures / Tests

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Procedure Name: Thyroid Scan only using Tc-99m

Department Responsible for performing Procedure:
Nuclear Medicine

Department Contact Information:

Where to Report:
Please enter at the Outpatient Entrance and go to Outpatient Registration 45 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure. You will be directed to the Radiology Department.

What to Bring:
- Physician Order
- Any forms from your physician relating to this visit
- Your insurance / Medicaid / Medicare card
- Driver's License / Photo Identification
- All of your medications OR a listing of all medications along with the dose, how often you take it, and the last time you took it
- A list of all of your allergies
- Please check with your insurance carrier for any authorization requirements.
- Any films or reports from relevant studies not performed at Southern Regional.

Patient Instructions:
- May be done Monday - Friday.
- You must be off thyroid medication for at least 2-8 weeks depending on type of medication. Please clarify with your doctor.
- You will need to fill out a Thyroid History sheet.
- Please read the Procedure Information for additional instructions and information.
- Please follow any other specific instructions given to you by your doctor.

Procedure Information:
You will be given a radioactive Iodine capsule to swallow. Images will be taken 15-30 minutes post injection of a radioactive material. Imaging time is approximately 1 hour.

Additional Information:
Waiting Room for family is located in the Radiology Department. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant prior to the scan. You will be asked a series of questions regarding your medical history.

Specific Form(s) to remember:
Thyroid History Sheet