Thyroscintigraphy, or thyroid gland scan.
INDICATIONS FOR THE EXAMINATION
Routine static planar examination, radiometry and SPECT-CT enables specialists to:
- determine the peculiarities of anatomical and ectopic location of the gland;
- diagnose thyrotoxicosis/relapse, destructive thyroiditis and diffuse goiter;
- clarify the status in cases of suspected focal or diffuse manifestations of autotomy associated with manifest or latent hyperthyreosis and evaluate functional activity;
- clarify the status in cases of suspected expansive or nodal processes in the gland and detect thoracic goiter;
- carry out monitoring following a surgical, radiation (radioactive iodine) and conservative therapy of thyroid gland disorders;
- analyze neoplasms in the neck, upper mediastinum and thoracic cage areas.
THE PROCEDURE OF RADIONUCLIDE THYROID GLAND EXAMINATION
Before the procedure, a radiopharmaceutical agent is administered to the patient. The agent accumulates in thyroid gland tissues. Some time after that, radioisotopic examination (scintigraphy or SPECT-CT) results are recorded and analyzed.
- Absolute contraindications: pregnancy; hypersensitivity to the active substance or excipients; febrile conditions;
- Relative contraindications: breast feeding.
PREPARING FOR THE TEST
- reduce the intake of iodine and products with high iodine content;
- before the examination and based on the consulting physician's opinion, administration of the following shall be suspended: bromides -- for one week; iodides -- four to six weeks; thyrostatics (mercazolilum, propylthiouracil, thyrozol, carbimazole, thiamazol etc.) -- two to seven days; natural and synthetic hormones (triiodothyronine -- for ten to fourteen days, levo/euthyroxin -- three to four weeks); expectorant medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements and potassium iodide (containing common iodine) -- for one to two weeks; iodine-containing pharmaceuticals (amiodarone etc.) -- for one to six months; local general wound cleaning with iodine-containing substances; radiopaque substances -- for three to four weeks (for water-soluble intravenous administration), three months (for fat-soluble intravenous administration) or six to twelve months in cases of oil-contrast bronchoscopy.
HOW CAN I HAVE A RADIONUCLIDE THYROID GLAND EXAMINATION AT THE CENTER?
To be eligible for the examination, you will need a referral from your physician.
- Call the Contact Center or the Isotope Laboratory at the numbers (8 (017) 543-42-23 and 8 (017) 543-42-19, from 8:00 till 14:00 during the weekdays to make a reservation.
- Be at the Center at the appointed time.
- Fill in and sign a paid service contract at the Reception.
- Pay the bill at the RCMC pay office, or through the ERIP electronic payment system.
- Collect the examination report and the Isotope Laboratory report.