Lymphoscintigraphy Study

What is a lymphoscintigraphy study?

A lymphoscintigraphy study is a nuclear medicine test conducted in patients who have had a positive biopsy for skin melanoma or breast cancer. It uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera to identify the sentinel lymph node so it can be removed. The sentinel lymph node is the first lymph node to which cancer spreads from a primary tumor. Learn more about lymphoscintigraphy study.

Where is the nuclear medicine department located?

We are located in the inpatient radiology department of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.

Where should I park?

Park in the main lot in front of the hospital. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the main entrance. Admissions is to the left as you enter the lobby. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • Follow your physician's preoperative instructions.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • When you arrive at the nuclear medicine department, a technologist will give you an overview of the test. You will be asked to put on a hospital gown.
  • The technologist will position you on the imaging table, and a nuclear medicine physician you several times with a small amount of radioactive isotope.
    • If your scan is for skin melanoma, the physician will inject the area around the positive biopsy.
    • If your scan is for breast cancer, the physician will inject the area around the areola.
  • The technologist will take a series of images. These images will help the physician locate the sentinel node (See "What is a lymphoscintigraphy study?") so it can be biopsied in surgery.

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via our internal computer system.

Whom do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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