DMSA Renal Scan

You will be required to be adequately hydrated for the test. Drinking one to two litres of water before your procedure.

A full bladder is not required for this examination, so please empty as frequently as you need. This procedure is performed in two parts.

The initial stage will take 15-20 minutes, after which time you may temporarily leave the department.

You will be asked to return for the second part of your examination approximately three hours later.

The DMSA Renal Scan involves a small injection will be injected into a vein, usually in your arm. The injection contains a radioactive tracer, which is absorbed directly by your kidneys. It contains a small amount of radiation only and there are no side effects from this tracer.

Once the injection is given, you will be given a time to return for the second part of the procedure approximately three hours later. You may leave the department in this time.

The second stage of the examination will take approx. 30- 40 minutes.

Our Nuclear Medicine Physician will review the images and issue a report. Once completed, the report will be sent electronically to your referring health professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

DMSA Renal Scan evaluates scarring from vesico-ureteric reflux or chronic UTIs, identifies and assesses damage following injury or reduced blood supply to the kidneys, compares function of each kidney & monitors changes to inflammation.

3-4 hours.

  • Your original request form

  • Medicare and any Government concession pension or health care cards

  • Previous relevant imaging

This examination has no associated side effects.

This examination is not suitable for pregnant women. Breastfeeding mothers may undergo the procedure, but will need to cease breastfeeding for 12 hours after the scan. Breast milk should be expressed & discarded during this period. Breastfeeding may resume after the 12 hours.

Within 4-5 working days.