Nuclear Medicine FAQ
Is nuclear medicine safe?
Yes. Radiation dose from a nuclear medicine study is similar to x-ray radiation dose. All radiopharmaceuticals are approved by the FDA and follow strict government standards. Radioactivity is usually eliminated from the body within 24 hours. There are no side effects to Nuclear Radiology tests.
Is there anything I should tell my tech before a nuclear medicine study?
Yes. Let your tech know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, let your tech know if you have had a nuclear radiology scan before, if you have had a recent barium study, if you have had a recent x-ray using contrast, if you have any fractures or artificial joints, or if you have any allergies.