Understanding the Thyroid Uptake Scan With Valley Radiology

A healthy thyroid is important. It controls how your body uses energy and affects how you feel daily.

If you suspect you may have symptoms relating to a thyroid condition, a thyroid uptake scan may be the best test for you.

This type of scan uses a small amount of radioactive iodine to provide detailed information about your thyroid gland. Using specialized cameras and imaging, this iodine uptake scan of the thyroid offers helpful details about your thyroid’s overall health and functionality. 

At Valley Radiology, we rely on the thyroid uptake scan to understand and diagnose various thyroid-related conditions for effective treatment planning. 

What Is a NM Thyroid Scan With Uptake?

A thyroid scan with uptake is a type of nuclear medicine imaging test that helps assess the function and structure of the thyroid gland. 

It involves taking images of the thyroid after a small amount of radioactive material is swallowed or injected into the body. 

This material concentrates in the thyroid, allowing the scan to measure the iodine uptake. These measurements help your doctor diagnose conditions like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, and other thyroid-related disorders.

Thyroid Uptake Scan Preparation

Proper preparation for a nuclear medicine thyroid uptake scan is essential for accurate results. 

Here's what you might need to do

  • Stop certain medications that have iodine or thyroid hormones, as they can affect the test.
  • Skip eating or avoid specific foods and drinks for a few hours before the scan.
  • Inform your doctor if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or had recent imaging tests with contrast material.

Always follow your doctor's instructions for the best thyroid uptake scan results.

Thyroid Uptake Scan: What To Expect

During a thyroid uptake scan, you will be asked to swallow or receive a small amount of radioactive iodine, which helps create images of your thyroid gland. Then, you'll wait for some time before images are taken. 

A special camera will then capture specific images of your neck. 

The procedure is painless and usually takes around 30 minutes. 

You may be required to lie still during the scan. After the test, you can resume your normal activities. 

Get a Comprehensive Thyroid Scan and Uptake in North Carolina

Your thyroid health matters to us.

At Valley Radiology, we specialize in advanced imaging solutions and interpretation, including thyroid uptake scans.

If you've been referred to us for a nuclear medicine thyroid uptake scan, our team will contact you to schedule your appointment. If you have questions about this scan or related treatments, please don't hesitate to contact us now.