Scintigraphy is a medical imaging technique used in the diagnosis and follow-up of several pathologies. The technology provides information about the Anatomy and/or the functioning of the organs. It is a non-invasive technique which in most cases requires no specific preparation.
For a Scintigraphy the patient is given a radioactive trace either by intravenous injection, orally or by inhalation.
This substance (the so-called tracer) behaves in the body as a probe that needs time to reach its goal. Thanks to the radiation emitted by the substance, we can use a gamma-camera we can see how it spreads in the organ. It is possible that several organs can be highlighted following one administration.
If the doctor considers it useful, he makes one or more photographs of the organ that he wants to investigate. So he can see where, how and how quickly the tracer reaches its goal. Then he can deduce whether any abnormalities are the result of an injury or functional disorder. The tracer is usually quickly excreted via the urinary tract and the radiation to which the patient is subjected, remains relatively low.
He could record his activities after the examination, including his work. He will, however, be advised to drink lots of water and avoid close (< 1 m) and prolonged (> 30 mins) contact with people, especially with pregnant women and children < 10 years old for the rest of the day.