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Nuclear Medicine at Unity

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses very small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat disease. Depending on the procedure, a tiny amount of radioactive material is injected into the blood stream, inhaled, or ingested.

Nuclear Medicine Procedures

Common procedures include:

  • Bone Scan
  • Hida Scan
  • Hida Scan with Ejection Fraction
  • Lung Ventilation and Lung Perfusion Scans
  • MUGA (Multi Gated Acquisition)
  • Gastric Emptying
  • Thyroid Scan
  • Thyroid Uptake
  • Renal Scan
  • Captopril Renal Scan
  • Lasix Renal Scan
  • Parathyroid Scan
  • Nuclear Cardiac Stress Test
  • Infection imaging

Contact Us

1555 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626
(585) 723-7091 (Scheduling for Nuclear Medicine procedures)
(585) 723-7460 (Scheduling for Nuclear Cardiology procedures)
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

Patient Prep & Instructions

If you are scheduled for a Nuclear Medicine procedure, you will be asked to report to the Cardiology Department on the day of your procedure.

Hida Scan: Nothing to eat or drink four hours before the exam. No opiate pain medication six hours before the exam.

Hida Scan with Ejection Fraction: Nothing to eat or drink four hours before the exam. No opiate pain medication for 10 hours before the exam.

Gastric Emptying: Nothing by mouth after midnight the day of the exam.

Thyroid Scan: Notify our office when you schedule your appointment if you are taking any thyroid medication. Some medications interfere with obtaining accurate results and your physician may ask you to stop taking these medications for a specific period of time.

Thyroid Uptake: Nothing to eat or drink three hours before the exam. Notify our office when you schedule your appointment if you are taking any thyroid medication. Some medications interfere with obtaining accurate results and your physician may ask you to stop taking these medications for a specific period of time.

Renal Scan: Drink four glasses of water one hour prior to exam, empty bladder as needed.

Captopril Renal: Nothing to eat four hours before the exam. Drink four glasses of water one hour before the exam, empty bladder as needed. If you are taking blood pressure medication, please consult with your physician. Blood pressure medicines that are ACE inhibitors interfere with obtaining accurate results. For the most accurate results, your physician may ask you to discontinue the use of this medication for 48 hours before your test.

Nuclear Cardiac Stress Test: Nothing to eat fours hours before the exam. No caffeine for 24 hours before exam. If you are diabetic, refrain from taking any of your diabetic medications the morning of your exam.

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