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A nuclear medicine scan shows important details that help doctors learn how to treat your child’s illness. It involves taking pictures of places inside the body. To take these pictures, the medical team adds a small amount of a radioactive substance to your child's IV. For a short time, this substance gives off gamma rays. These rays can be seen and recorded by a nuclear medicine camera.
The radioactive substance will leave your child’s body within hours to a couple of days. The time it takes to leave the body depends on the type of substance used and the type of test performed. The scan is not harmful to your child.
Even though the amount of radioactivity is very low, please follow these steps to safely care for your child after the scan:
Reviewed: February 2022