Nuclear Medicine - Uptake and Scan
What is a Thyroid Uptake and Scan?
A thyroid uptake is a diagnostic exam used to evaluate the bio-distribution and the organification of iodine. The use of a small radioactive iodine capsule is taken orally.
- Thyroid Nodules
How do I prep for this procedure?
- Low iodine diet
- No seafood or sushi for two weeks prior to exam
- No CT with contrast or IVP for 4 weeks prior to exam
- Ask your physicians about any over the counter or prescription medication that may contain iodine
- You will be in the department for 6-8 minutes to receive I-3 Iodine capsules
- You will return 6 to 23 hours post dosing for Uptake and imaging for 20-40 minutes
- Uptake will take 6-8 minutes, 3 minutes on leg to verify the activity in your blood stream, 3 minutes on neck to verify the activity in your Thyroid
Scan will take 14-34 minutes to do 3 different views on your Thyroid