Your fluoroscopy swallow

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What is a fluoroscopy, or barium swallow?This is an x-ray examination that looks at your oesophagus, (the tube that leads to your stomach). We will ask you to drink a chalky white liquid called barium, which shows up on the x-rays. We take x-ray pictures as you swallow the barium. The purpose of the test is to try and find …

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MAG3 renogram

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What is a MAG3 renogram?A renogram is an examination which looks at the function of your kidneys. MAG3 is the chemical name of the radioactive substance we use to image the kidneys. Can I have a MAG3 if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?If there is a possibility that you are pregnant or you are currently breastfeeding please inform the department …

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Bone scan

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What is a Bone scan?Your bones are living tissue. Bones continually remodel themselves to help repair any damage. A bone scan will show your doctor how your bones are working and will show any conditions that are different from normal. There is no preparation required for this scan. Can I have a Bone Scan if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?If …

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What is nuclear medicine

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Introduction All Nuclear Medicine procedures and scans involve the use of ionising radiation, a form of energy that is found in both natural and man-made sources. We are surrounded by sources of natural radiation all the time in our everyday lives; examples include radioactivity in building materials, rocks and soil, radiation coming from space – even the air we breathe …

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Venous sampling

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What is Venous Sampling?Venous sampling is a procedure that involves inserting a catheter (thin tube) into a specific vein or veins, taking blood samples from them and sending them to the laboratory for testing. The results can help the doctors looking after you to make decisions about any future treatment. Why do I need venous sampling?The doctors in charge of …

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Percutaneous gastrostomy insertion

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What is a percutaneous gastrostomy? Percutaneous gastrostomy is a technique where a narrow plastic tube is placed through the skin, directly into your stomach, to give you liquid nutrition. Because it is done through the skin, it is called percutaneous, and gastrostomy means making an opening into the stomach. Why do I need percutaneous gastrostomy? There are several reasons why …

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