A technologist will place a small needle called an IV into a vein in your child's hand or foot. The needle hurts for just a moment. When the needle is in, the medicine is injected into a vein. For certain conditions, the child will lie on a soft table and one or two pictures will be taken immediately.
After these pictures, there is a 90-minute wait before more pictures are taken. You may wait in the waiting area or go for a walk.
Children 4 years and older who are NOT being sedated are not restricted from eating and are encouraged to drink fluids. Give him / her water, juices, fruit punch or soft drinks.
After 90 minutes, you and your child will return to the nuclear medicine area and the test will continue. Your child will need to lie still on a soft table while a special camera is used to take pictures from above and below the child.
If sedation medicine is necessary, a nurse or doctor will explain it to you. It will take at least one hour and sometimes two hours to take all of the pictures. During this time, the camera will not hurt or touch your child. You will be able to stay with your child during the entire test. (If your child requires general anesthesia you will not be able to stay in the room during the procedure.)
It is possible that during the procedure your child may experience some discomfort. Please tell the doctor, nurse or technologist if pain occurs.