Samarium 153 therapy

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What is Samarium Therapy?We would like to treat the pain in your bones caused by your illness. Samarium 153 Quadramet® localises in all the areas where you are experience bone pain. It remains in these regions for many weeks, utilising ionising radiation to provide pain relief. If you have had chemotherapy or external beam radiotherapy in the last six weeks …

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HIDA scan

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What is a HIDA scan? HIDA scan is an examination of the gall bladder and associated ducts around the liver. Can I have a HIDA scan if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?If there is a possibility that you are pregnant or if you are currently breastfeeding please inform the department before your appointment as we will likely have to re-schedule. …

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Lacrimal scan

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What is a Lacrimal scan?A lacrimal scan is a diagnostic procedure to determine how well your nasolacrimal ducts (also known as tear ducts) are functioning and their anatomical appearance. Your doctor may request this scan if you have dry eye syndrome or excessively watery eyes. Can I have a lacrimal scan if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?If there is a …

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Sentinel node scan (melanoma)

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What is a sentinel node scan for melanoma?The sentinel lymph node scan is a scan to identify the first few lymph nodes into which a tumour drains. These are called sentinel nodes. The scan is done by injecting two to four times around the excision scar with a radioactive substance. Imaging is then performed to show the lymph nodes that …

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SeHCAT

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What is a SeHCAT scan?A SeHCAT scan assesses if there is an abnormality with your bile salt absorption. Bile salts help to digest fats and eliminate toxins from the body. When bile salts are not absorbed properly, the bowel cannot function properly, causing diarrhoea. Having a SeHCAT scan requires you to attend two appointments, seven days apart. Can I have …

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DaTSCAN

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What is a DaTSCAN?DaTSCAN is a brain scan to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. It involves an injection into your arm of a radioactive substance called DaTSCAN, which is taken up into various parts of the brain. It emits gamma rays which will be detected by a piece of equipment called a gamma camera. Depending on how it is distributed, we can …

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DMSA scan

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What is a DMSA scan? A DMSA scan is used to check how well your kidneys are working. It is also used to show any potentially scarred areas in your kidneys, causing them not to work well as they should. What if I have a urine infection?If you have had a urine infection in the four months before your appointment …

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Dietary preparation information for an MRI small bowel study

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Please follow these dietary instructions carefullyIt is important that your bowel is very clean so that the examination is likely to be a success. On the day before your examinationYou should: Keep to a low fibre / low residue diet. Drink plenty of clear fluids all day. Have nothing more to eat after 4pm, but continue to drink plenty of …

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