After the Exam
The answers to all your questions concerning the aftermath of a Nuclear Medicine examination, how you will feel, what you should or should not do, potential side effects and all relevant preparation and procedure information.
by Eric Laurent, MD, CHIREC Group, Belgium
You won’t feel any particular symptom after the exam.
The injected tracer will be fast eliminated via digestive and urinary tract. The urinary elimination will be accelerated with plenty of drink.At the end of the exam, you are allowed to resume your normal daily routine, drive a car, use public transportation, go to public places and travel by plane.
It is best to avoid prolonged contact with pregnant women or young children on the day of the exam.
Nonetheless, exams using Gallium-67 or thyroid disease treatments using Iodine 131 require particular precautions, which will be indicated to you by the department.
A computer will process the data acquired by the cameras before the specialist analyzes and interprets them. The result will be communicated to the prescribing doctor the same day, or the next day. In case of emergency, your doctor will be contacted before you even leave the department.