Thyroid Scan

If you currently take thyroid medication, please advise our receptionists at the time of scheduling your appointment as you may be required to cease this for a period of time prior to your examination.

Upon arrival, a Nuclear Medicine Technologist will explain the procedure and then a small injection containing radioactive tracer will be administered into a vein in your arm.

You will then be required to wait 20 minutes while the tracer is taken up by your thyroid.

After the 20 minutes you will be taken into the examination room and asked to lie on the examination bed.

You will be required to keep still for a few minutes at a time, while the special gamma camera takes images of your neck. This will take approximately 10 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

This scan is used to access the function of the thyroid gland.

1 hour.

  • 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.

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