What is a PET scan? PET stands for “positron emission tomography”. It is a nuclear medicine imaging test in which…Read more
This study may not be suitable for pregnant women. The benefit versus risk should be discussed with the nuclear medicine specialist.
Women who are breastfeeding and people who are the primary or sole carer for small children may need to make special preparations after the test to stop breastfeeding for a short time and to avoid close contact with young children due to the small amount of radioactivity released for a while after the test. Patients should discuss this with their referring doctor or the nuclear medicine practice where they will have the test for details. See nuclear medicine for further information about the precautions to take with nuclear medicine studies for breastfeeding patients and those in close contact with children.
If the patient is unable or not willing to remain still for a prolonged period of time you may need to consider another procedure.
If the patient is claustrophobic you may need to consider another procedure.
These two will interfere if the nuclear medicine specialist requires a technetium subtraction image, where the thyroid gland is subtracted to clearly see if there is any parathyroid gland(s) highlighted.
Generally there are no adverse reactions. However, on rare occasion the patient may experience a metallic taste that lasts a few moments.
Very rarely a patient could experience:
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