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This examination is done to evaluate adrenal glands for cortical tumors.

Preparation/instructions

When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the information listed below.

Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call
 our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist . It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.
Instructions

 You will be instructed to take LUGOL'S SOLUTION by mouth. Your physician will prescribe this for you. You will take 16 drops daily starting two days prior to injection and continuing two weeks after injection. Lugol's Solution blocks thyroid uptake of 131I.

Women of childbearing age must have a pregnancy test within 48 hours of injection.

Your physician may also prescribe a medication called Dexamethasone to maximize the uptake of this tracer in your adrenal glands. Your doctor will instruct you as to how much and how often to take the Dexamethasone.

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The procedure

 You will receive an intravenous injection of a small amount of a radioactive tracer called 131I NP-59 (also known as iodonor-cholesterol).

Four to five days later, your abdomen will be imaged to determine if the distribution of the tracer is normal or abnormal. The scan will take approximately 30 minutes.

Occasionally, the physicians may request that you return the following day for additional films.

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After Care

  Take Lugol's for two weeks after injection.

The radiologist's report of the results will be ready within 24 hours. Your doctor will discuss the results of the test with you.

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Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

 

Thyroid Scan Renal Isotopes Thalium Scan (Stress test) Hepatobiliary (GB) scan Bone Scan Ventilation/Perfusion (Lung) scan 131I MIBG scan Adrenal Scan
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