What is 131- Iodine Scan?

Iodine scan is used in patients who have undergone operation for thyroid cancer to evaluate residual thyroid tissue and plan for radioiodine ablation with subsequent follow up.

 

Preparing for the scan:

  • Minimum 2 hrs fasting is required on the day of dose administration, for the iodine scan.
  • The scan will take place 24-48 hours after oral administration of radioactive iodine.
  • No fasting is required on the day of the scan.
  • If in doubt about pregnancy, women patients should do a pregnancy test. If positive, Nuclear Medicine is generally not recommended.
  • Lactating women should pump and store their breast milk before a Nuclear Medicine scan. Instructions on resuming the breast feeding will be given during the time of booking the appointment.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and avoid jewellery on the day of the scan

 

What to bring on the day of the scan:

  • Doctor’s prescription or note indicating the type of scan to be done
  • Entire current medical file and prescription set to be aware of  any medical conditions and allergies, including details of treatment history.
  • All relevant previous reports and scan images (latest Thyroid Hormone profile: Serum TG,anti TG, T3, T4 and TSH reports, Thyroid cancer history details, USG neck report)
  • Only one accompanying person is recommended
  • Home-cooked food for the patient to eat after the scan

 

Time taken:

  • Total time: 2-3 days
  • Waiting time after dose administration: 24-48 hrs
  • Scan duration: 30 – 45 mins 

 

After the scan:

  • Patients can eat, drink and take medication two hours after the scan.
  • Patient is required to wait in the clinic for approximately half an hour after the scan, till the concerned staff confirms. 
  • It is best for the patient to not be close to children for the rest of the day to avoid exposing them to any radiation. .
For appointment call 8869906990 or write at contact@medcarediagnostics.com
This appointment needs to be in a planned manner so it is recommended to discuss with a Nuclear Medicine physician at Medcare and book your appointment accordingly.

 

Important Note:

  • We may have to cancel and reschedule your appointments at times because of reasons beyond our control – short-supply or no supply of the isotope used for the scan, machine breakdowns, etc. 
  • As we have no control over this situation, Medcare Diagnostics would not be held liable for any harm or loss arising out of such cancellations