Thyroid Uptake and Scan

What is a thyroid uptake and scan?

A thyroid uptake and scan is a diagnostic nuclear medicine test. It uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special probe and camera to help evaluate thyroid function. Learn more about thyroid uptake and 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.
  • If you are taking thyroid replacement hormone (e.g., levothyroxine), your physician will either:
    • Have you refrain from taking that hormone for 4–6 weeks before your scan, or
    • Schedule you for thyrogen injections before your scan.
  • Beginning 1 week before your scheduled appointment, stop taking any current antithyroid medications (e.g., methimazole, PTU).
  • This scan cannot be completed if you have had any IV iodine contrast medium in the 6–8 weeks before your scheduled appointment.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • This procedure requires two visits on consecutive days . There also is the possibility that a third visit will be necessary.
  • At your first visit, you will be given two radioactive iodine capsules. Once you have swallowed those, you may leave the department.
  • At your second visit (about 24 hours after the first), we will use a probe to measure uptake (how much of the capsules was absorbed). For this part of the procedure, you will sit upright on the imaging table.
  • We will take four images of your thyroid. For this part of the procedure, you will be asked to lie flat on the imaging table. This part of the process takes about 45 minutes.
  • We may have you return the next day for an additional series of images.

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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