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Renal Scintigraphy

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Renal scintigraphy is an imaging test that uses a radioactive medicine and a camera to take pictures of your kidneys. The pictures show the shape of your kidneys and how they are working. This test may be used to find out how a transplanted kidney is working. It may also show blood flow problems in your kidneys that may be causing your high blood pressure or problems when you urinate. You may also need this test if your blood or urine tests show that your kidneys are not working properly. Your healthcare provider will use these test results to learn about your condition and decide the best way to treat you.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • Your chest feels tight or you have trouble breathing.

Call your doctor if:

  • Side effects such as headache, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness worsen or do not go away after a few days.
  • You have new or worsening signs and symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Self-care after your test:

  • Drink liquids as directed. You may need to drink more liquids than usual. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Liquids will help flush the radioactive medicine out of your body.
  • You may not be able to breastfeed after this test. Ask healthcare providers how long you must stop breastfeeding.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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