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Nuclear Medicine 

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Work hours and scheduling guidelines:


We are open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mondays to Fridays (except on holidays). On-call emergency procedures start from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am on regular working days.  

On-call emergency procedures on Holidays and weekends will depend on the availability of the RAM. All non-emergency diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are done by schedule.

Patients for therapeutic procedures are preferentially scheduled on Mondays thru Wednesdays to avoid assigning on-call personnel to monitor patients during the weekends and holidays. Radioimmunoassay running time is scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays except holidays with a cut off time of 10:00 am.

General Guidelines:

Patients for diagnostic imaging will be pooled according to the requested procedure to minimize hospital and patient expense.

  1.  Patients  undergoing cardiac scans using Thallium 201, whole body scan with Iodine I-131, Radioactive Iodine I-131 therapy are required to withhold food and fluids but may continue to take medications by mouth as long as those medications do not interfere with the nuclear medicine procedure.

  2. If a patient must stop one medication for the nuclear medicine studies, he/she may continue to take other medications that do not interfere with the study.

  3. If a patient underwent nuclear medicine studies that involved the intravenous injection of iodinated contrast material, thyroid imaging procedures (both diagnostic and therapeutic) must be rescheduled with a minimum of 24 hours. Common examples of such diagnostic radiology studies are Computed Tomography (CT), Intravenous Pyelogram and Angiograms.

  4. If a patient underwent diagnostic or therapeutic nuclear medicine studies, scheduling of other diagnostic radiology and laboratory examinations should be consulted with the nuclear medicine personnel so that appropriate instructions can be given.

  5. Before therapeutic procedures are scheduled, it is desirable, but not mandatory, that the referring Physician consult with the nuclear medicine Physician, however, all patients undergoing nuclear medicine procedure are required to see the nuclear medicine physician prior to the procedure for specific information .

  6. Patients scheduled for any imaging or therapeutic procedures should settle the required deposit of the isotope.

  7. Cancellation or rescheduling of nuclear medicine procedures should be done at least within 3 working days so as not to forfeit the said deposit.

  8. In the event of a machine malfunction or technical problems, patients will be rescheduled without forfeiture of the deposit or additional payment for the rescheduling of the procedures.

  9. No rescheduling is needed for radioimmunoassay. The blood sample will be preserved until the scheduled running days.

  10. All patients should sign the consent form before the actual examination/s.

  11. Should there be questions regarding the procedures, kindly consult the nuclear medicine personnel.

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