Procedure: Renal Scan
Date of Appointment:_________________________
Time of Appointment:_________________________
The Aroostook Medical Center would like you to have the best possible experience while you are in our care.
Therefore, we have compiled information for you regarding your procedure. The following information has been
provided in order to best serve you by making this process as effortless as possible. If you need further
information or if there is anything we can do for you, please call 768-4216 or 768-4294. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (walk-ins). Inpatient and emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven Please enter at the Main Entrance and stop at the Guest Relations desk to be registered. A Guest Relations representative can assist you in finding your way around the hospital as well as take care of any other needs you may have. Basic procedure information: A renal scan is a nuclear scanning test that is done to evaluate Preparation: Drink 4 glasses of liquid and go to the bathroom as often as needed. Precautions: If there is any possibility of pregnancy, you need to let the staff know before the injection of
the radioactive material takes place.
This is a very small dose of radiation, about the same as an ordinary x-ray and will not cause you any harm.
However, small children should not sit on or near you for the first 24 hours following your injection. The procedure: You will lie on a narrow table and a large machine called a gamma camera will take
pictures of your kidneys for 30 minutes. There will be an IV injection of a short-lived radioactive material
which will not change the way you feel and there are no side effects. The picture will start at the time of
injection, so it will be very important that you lie still. Depending on what your physician is questioning,
a second injection may be given 20 minutes into the scan. This material is called lasix and it is diuretic, it
will cause you to urinate more frequently for the rest of the day. Do not be alarmed as this it is a normal
Exam Time: 45 minutes. Please allow time for registration, check-in, and some wait time. Getting your results: Aft er your procedure, the report will be sent to your provider for review. Only the
provider who ordered the test will receive the results. Th e results are available within 48 hours, so please check
with the provider who ordered the test aft er that timeframe to inquire about the results. Any other questions
regarding the results should be directed to your provider. Directions to A. R. Gould Memorial Hospital:
Take Academy St. at the traﬃ c light and drive up the hill. At the
crest of the hill, A. R. Gould Memorial Hospital is on the right.
Turn right into the East Entrance and park in the fi rst parking
area on your right. Th is is the closest parking area to the Main
If traveling from the Easton area, turn left into the East
Entrance and park in the fi rst parking area on your right. Th is is
the closest parking area to the Main Entrance. Please stop at the
Guest Relations desk to be registered.
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