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The way you prepare for a nuclear medicine procedure depends on the type of exam you are having. Below are general guidelines for different types of tests, as well as an overview of exam procedures.

To ensure accurate test results, please carefully follow the instructions you receive from the facility where your exam is scheduled or check the list below. When scheduling your exam, be sure to alert us if you have any allergies or special medical problems or needs.

If you have any questions about your preparation, call our centralized scheduling line at (925) 952-2701.

Bone Scan

Breast Scan, Miraluma Protocol

Cardiac Wall Motion Study (MUGA)


Cisternogram with CSF Leak Protocol

Gallium Scan

Gastric Emptying Scan

Gastro-Intestinal Bleeding Scan

Hepatobiliary Scan

Hepatobiliary Scan with Quantitation Protocol for Gall Bladder Ejection Fraction

Indium Labeled White Blood Cell Scan

Liver Scan, Hemangioma Protocol

Liver Spleen Scan

Lung Ventilation and Perfusion Scan (Lung V/Q Scan)

Lymphoscintigraphy, Breast Protocol, or Melanoma Protocol

Meckel's Diverticulum - Abdominal Scan

MIBG Tumor Scan for Pheochromocytoma

Myocardial Perfusion Imaging, with Dobutamine Stress

Myocardial Perfusion Imaging, with Regedenoson (Lexiscan), Adenosine, or Persantine Stress

Myocardial Perfusion Imaging, with Treadmill Stress

Octreoscan, Tumor scan



Py Test (Urea Breath Test)

Renal DMSA Scan


Renogram with Captopril

Renogram with Lasix

Thyroid Ablation (after Thyroid Surgery)

Thyroid Therapy (Treatment for Hyperthyroidism)

Thyroid Uptake and Image

Thyroid Whole Body Iodine Scan with Thyrogen. (3 day test with 123-I)

Thyroid Whole Body Scan, 123-I