Parathyroid Scan

What is a parathyroid scan?

A parathyroid scan is a nuclear medicine test. Combining a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera, it produces images that help evaluate the presence and extent of hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid glands). Learn more about parathyroid scan.

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.
  • There are no special dietary restrictions or other preparations for a cisternogram.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • Please allow at least 4-5 hours for this appointment.
  • After giving you an overview of the procedure, a technologist will inject your arm with a small amount of radioactive isotope that will travel to your parathyroid. You will then wait 15 minutes for the isotope to circulate.
  • After the waiting period, you will lie on the imaging table, and the technologist will take a series of images of your neck. This part of the procedure takes about 45 minutes.
  • Two hours after your isotope injection, the technologist will take a second set of images. This second series will also take about 45 minutes.

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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