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Thyroid Scan

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To evaluate the thyroid gland function and structure.

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.


Instructions

You must not receive x-ray contrast up to 6 weeks prior to your scan. You should follow a low iodine diet for 1-2 weeks prior to your scan. Do not eat or drink anything the morning of test.

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.

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The procedure

 You will swallow a capsule that has a small amount of radioactive iodine. You will be asked to return in two hours if your doctor suspects that your thyroid is overactive. Otherwise you will return the next morning to have pictures taken of your thyroid at that time. The pictures will take 30-40 minutes.

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After Care

 You may resume your normal lifestyle.

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.

 

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