Your physician requested that you have a DMSA renal scan. This test is a simple non-invasive way to evaluate how well your kidneys are perfused by the radioactive tracer. There are no dietary restrictions or any preparation on your part, however the test does require an injection in vein in your arm. The injection consists of a very small amount of radioactive tracer called Technetium-DMSA, which has no side effects. Please note: The approximate test time for this scan is 4 hours.
Requirements for the study:
- After registration report to the Medical Imaging.
- You will then be escorted to Nuclear Medicine where a short history will be taken.
- You will receive an injection through a vein in your arm and a series of images will be taken with you lying on your back. These images will take approximately 30 minutes.
- Once the images are complete you will be given a return time by the technologist. The return time will be approximately 3 hours.
- When you return, the technologist will take a series of pictures for about 45 minutes including SPECT or topographic images of your kidneys. The camera will go around you for the SPECT images. To take these pictures, you will be asked to lie still on your back while the images are being taken. When the images are complete you will be released by the technologist.
- Total estimated time of this study is approximately 4 hrs.
- If you have any questions at the time of your study, please refer them to the attending technologist.
- The Radiologist will read the test and the results will be sent to the ordering physician.
Note: Inpatients will be transported to Nuclear Medicine for testing.