What is TRODAT Scan? (DAT scan)

TRODAT scan is mainly used for the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

 

Preparing for the scan:

  • You should stop taking any anti-Parkinson medicines or Syndopa 1 day prior to 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. It is safe to breastfeed the child 24 hours after the scan
  • 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 (CT/MRI of the affected area)
  • Only one accompanying person is recommended
  • Home-cooked food for the patient to eat after the scan

 

Time taken:

  • Total time: 4 -5 hrs approx
  • Waiting time after injection: 3 hrs
  • Scanning duration: 20-25 mins

 

After the scan:

  • Patients can eat, drink and take medication
  • 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 or pregnant women for the rest of the day this is to avoid exposing them to any radiation
  • The radiotracer leaves the patient’s body through urine or stool approximately 10-12 hours after the scan. Patients should drink a lot of water to help flush it out
For appointment call 8869906990 or write at contact@medcarediagnostics.com atleast 1-2 days prior to the required date of appointment 
(Depending on the type of scan and if another scheduled patient has cancelled. we may consider taking in walk-in patients if So do check in with our reception and our billing executives at our centre) 

 

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