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nuclear medicine

Advocate Lutheran General Center for Advanced Care features a sophisticated Nuclear Medicine Department. Nuclear Medicine is unique because it provides doctors with information about both structure and function. Nuclear medicine specialists use safe, painless, and cost-effective techniques to image the body and treat various diseases. It is a way to gather medical information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests.


How do I prepare?

Wear comfortable clothing with no metal. Bring your physician's orders, insurance card and picture I.D. with you. For your convenience parking is available in the garage connected directly to our Center for Advanced Care across the street from the main hospital. Upon entering the Center, report to the Registration area located on the first floor. After registering for your test, you will be directed to the reception area where a technologist will provide you with further instructions about your procedure.

Family members are invited to stay in our waiting area for the duration of your procedure

Inquiries

For more information about nuclear medicine services or exams, please call 847.723.6080.

Diagnostic Procedures

Some of the Nuclear Medicine procedures that will be offered at CAC.


Tumor Imaging

What is the purpose of a tumor imaging scan?

The Tumor Imaging scan is used to detect infection as well as tumor or cancer tissue in the body.

How is the Tumor imaging scan performed?

The procedure begins with the injection of a small amount of radioactive material into the vein of your arm. Your time to return for you scan will depend on the type of tumor being imaged. The various times will be explained to you at the time you schedule your appointment.

When you return for the scan, you will be asked to lie on a special table that allows us to take pictures of your whole body. The camera, which can detect radioactivity, will travel from your head to your toes, recording pictures. Nothing will touch you. The scanning process will take about 45 minutes. It is very important that you hold still during the scan.

Next, a special set of pictures called SPECT scans are taken. For this set of pictures, the camera will be set up to travel in a circle around your whole body. Sometimes two different sets of SPECT scans-one for the chest and one for the abdomen-are made.

Each set of SPECT scans will take about 45 minutes to complete. You should plan for the test to take about two hours and 30 minutes. Patients are also sometimes asked to return the following day so that additional pictures can be made.

How do I prepare for the Tumor imaging scan?

No special preparation is necessary for the tumor imaging scan. You may, in some cases, be asked to take a laxative prior to the scan for better bowel clearance.

How soon will my doctor get the results?

After the procedure is complete, a nuclear medicine physician will study the pictures along with your medical history to make an assessment of what the images show. He will then dictate a report that will be forwarded to your physician within three business days. If your doctor needs the results sooner, he/she may contact the nuclear medicine physician on the day of the exam.

How do I make an appointment?

Your doctor will write an order or prescription for the test. The doctor will either give you the order or have it faxed to the hospital. You may then schedule your appointment by calling the Nuclear Medicine Department at 847.723.6080.

If I still have questions, who should I call?

For more information about the procedure, please call the Nuclear Medicine Department at 847.723.6080.


MUGA Scan

What is the purpose of a MUGA scan?

The MUGA scan enables physicians to evaluate the pumping ability of the heart.

How is the MUGA scan performed?

An IV is started in the vein of your arm. A small amount of blood is drawn. This blood is tagged with a small amount of radioactive tracer for about 30 minutes. The blood is returned to your body through the IV. Pictures are taken immediately after the injection.

Three pictures will be taken of your heart from different angles. Each picture will take about 10 minutes to complete.

It is important for you to remain still and breathe normally. You should plan for your test to take about one hour and 30 minutes.

How do I prepare for a MUGA scan?

There are no special preparations necessary for a MUGA scan.

How will I feel after I have a MUGA scan?

The radioactive injection will have no effect on how you feel.

How soon will my doctor get the results?

After the procedure is complete, a nuclear medicine physician will study the pictures along with your medical history to make an assessment of what the photos show. He will then dictate a report that will be forwarded to your physician within three business days. If your doctor needs the results sooner, he/she may contact the nuclear medicine physician on the day of the exam.

If I still have questions, who should I call?

For more information about the procedure, please call the Nuclear Medicine Department at 847.723.6080.



Bone Scan

What is the purpose of a Bone scan?

The bone scan is used to detect fractures, infections, as well as tumor or cancer tissue in the bones.

How is the bone scan performed?

The procedure begins with the injection of a small amount of radioactive material into the vein of your arm. You will need to return two hours later for the scan.

When you return for the scan, you will be asked to lie on a special table that allows us to take pictures of your whole body. The camera, which can detect radioactivity, will travel from your head to your toes, recording pictures. Nothing will touch you. The scanning process will take about 30 minutes. It is very important that you hold still during the scan.

Your doctor may order, a special set of pictures called SPECT scan. For this set of pictures, the camera will be set up to travel in a circle around your whole body. Sometimes two different sets of SPECT scans are needed depending on the areas being imaged.

Each set of SPECT scans will take about 30 minutes to complete. You should plan for the test to take about one hour and 30 minutes. Patients are also sometimes asked to return the following day so that additional pictures can be made.

How do I prepare for the bone scan?

No special preparation is necessary for the bone scan.

How soon will my doctor get the results?

After the procedure is complete, a nuclear medicine physician will study the pictures along with your medical history to make an assessment of what the images show. He will then dictate a report that will be forwarded to your physician within three business days. If your doctor needs the results sooner, he/she may contact the nuclear medicine physician on the day of the exam.

How do I make an appointment?

Your doctor will write an order or prescription for the test. The doctor will either give you the order or have it faxed to the hospital. You may then schedule your appointment by calling the Nuclear Medicine Department at 847.723.6080.

If I still have questions, who should I call?

For more information about the procedure, please call the Nuclear Medicine Department at 847.723.6080.


Zevalin Therapy

What is the purpose of Zevalin therapy?

Zevalin therapy is for patients with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Zevalin is attached to therapeutic dose of isotope which delivers radiation to tumor cells.

What can I expect?

You will receive Rituxan antibodies in your Oncologist's office. Within 4 hours you will be injected with a small amount of radioactive material into the vein of your arm. You will be monitored for one hour then discharged. You will need to return two days later for the pre-therapy scan.

When you return for the scan, you will be asked to lie on a special table that allows us to take pictures of your whole body. The camera, which can detect radioactivity, will travel from your head to your toes, recording pictures. Nothing will touch you. The scanning process will take about 45 minutes. It is very important that you hold still during the scan.

After your scan a Nuclear Medicine Physician and your Oncologist will determine if Zevalin Therapy is appropriate for you.

What happens if Zevalin therapy is right for me?

You will receive Rituxan antibodies in your Oncologist's office. Within 4hours you will be injected with a small amount of radioactive material and Zevalin into the vein of your arm. Again you will be monitored for one and discharged.

How do I prepare for the Zevalin therapy?

No special preparation is necessary for the Zevalin therapy.

How soon will my doctor get the results?

After the procedure is complete, a nuclear medicine physician will then dictate a report that will be forwarded to your physician within three business days. If your doctor needs the results sooner, he/she may contact the nuclear medicine physician on the day of the exam.

How do I make an appointment?

Your doctor will write an order or prescription for the test. The doctor will either give you the order or have it faxed to the hospital. You may then schedule your appointment by calling the Nuclear Medicine Department at 847.723.6080.

If I still have questions, who should I call?

For more information about the procedure, please call the Nuclear Medicine Department at 847.723.6080.


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