A technologist will place a small needle called an IV into your child's hand or foot. The needle stick hurts for just a moment. The medicine is then injected through the needle into the vein.
Special pictures may be taken for up to 9 minutes immediately after injection of the medicine. Your child will lie on a soft table while a camera takes pictures from below the child. If your child is unable to lie still, our staff will help your child hold still.
After injection of the medicine, and immediate pictures (if needed), there is a waiting period before the test continues. You may wait in the waiting area or go for a walk. You will be asked to return in 90 minutes. During this waiting period, your child may eat and drink, but it is important that he / she not eat or drink anything that contains caffeine, such as soft drinks, coffee, tea or chocolate.
When you return, blood samples will be taken three or four times, every 30 minutes. Your child will either have three or four finger sticks, or a small needle will be placed in his / her hand or foot and left in until all the blood samples are taken or a central line can be used. The line used to inject the medicine cannot be used to draw blood.
Between blood samples, you may wait in the waiting area or take a walk between the blood samples, but you must return at the scheduled times. The technologist will tell you when the test is complete.