Nuclear Medicine Parathyroid Scan

What is a nuclear medicine parathyroid scan?

A nuclear medicine parathyroid scan is a type of nuclear medicine study used to localize abnormal or over active parathyroid glands.

What to Expect

You will receive an injection of a radioactive material into a vein in your arm. After 5 minutes has passed, your first set of images will take place. You will be required to lie still on your back on the exam table while the images are taken. The first set of images will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Additional imaging will then be performed 2 hours later.

Patient Preparation

You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam or you may be allowed to wear your own clothing.

Jewelry and other metallic accessories should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the exam because they may interfere with the procedure. You will receive specific instructions based on the type of scan you are undergoing.