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DTPA/EC Renal Scan in Mumbai

What is a DTPA/EC Renal Scan?

DTPA/EC Renal scan is a process of injecting a radiotracer to assess the function and drainage pattern of your kidneys. 

Preparing for the scan:

  • You should be well hydrated before the scan.

  • You should not be taking diuretics on the day of the scan.

  • If in doubt about pregnancy, women patients should do a pregnancy test. If positive, Nuclear Medicine is generally not recommended.

  • Lactating women should pump and store their breast milk before a PET-CT scan. It is safe to breastfeed the child 24 hours after the scan.

  • Wear comfortable clothing and avoid jewellery on the day of the scan.

What to bring on the day of the scan:

  • Doctor’s prescription or note indicating the type of scan to be done.

  • Entire current medical file and prescription set to be aware of  any medical conditions and allergies, including details of treatment history.

  • All relevant previous reports, CDs and scan images (CT abdomen/pelvis reports,  USG, previous DTPA scan reports).

  • Serum Creatinine reports(not older than 4 weeks). Can be done at our pathology lab.

  • Only one accompanying person is recommended.

  • Home-cooked food for the patient to eat after the scan.

Time taken:

  • Total time: 3-4 hrs.

  • Scan duration: 20 – 25 mins (Initial study) followed by few delayed images which will last for a minute each.

How is DTPA/EC Renal scan done?

A DTPA/EC Renal scan uses a radioactive material (tracer) to produce 2D and 3D images of organs and areas within the body. The changes that take place are recorded in a sequential manner. The process you will follow when you go for a DTPA/EC Renal scan is as follows:

  • When you enter, registration is done and you need to share all your required medical history. The procedure will be explained to you and you may clear all your queries.

  • You will be asked to drink a litre of water in 1-2 hours before the scan. During this time, you may pass urine if you need to.

  • Once you are sufficiently hydrated, you’ll be taken to the scan room and asked to lie down

  • A small amount of radiotracer is injected and your scan is started immediately.  An injection called Lasix may be given either before or during the scan
  • The scan takes around 30-40 mins depending on your medical history.

  • After the scan you will be kept under observation in case any delayed scan is required after the initial scan is reviewed by a Nuclear Medicine physician.

  • After receiving a clearance from the reviewing Nuclear Medicine physician you will be advised to leave with some safety instructions.

  • You will be advised to stay away from children and pregnant women for 24 hours and to drink lots of water/fluid after the scan to flush out the radiotracer through urine

After the scan:

  • Patients can eat, drink and take medication.

  • Patient is required to be under observation in the clinic for approximately half an hour after the scan, till the concerned staff confirms.

  • It is best for the patient not to be close to children or pregnant women for the rest of the day to avoid exposing them to any radiation.

  • The radiotracer leaves the patient’s body through urine or stool till 10-12 hours after the scan. Patient should drink a lot of water to help flush it out.

For appointment call 8869906990 or write at contact@medcarediagnostics.com atleast 1 or 2 days prior to the required date of appointment.

(We may consider taking in walk-in patients if another scheduled patient has cancelled depending on the type of scan. So do check in with our reception and our billing executives at our centre.)

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Important Note

We may have to cancel and reschedule your appointments at times because of reasons beyond our control – short-supply or no supply of the isotope used for the scan, machine breakdowns, etc. 

As we have no control over this situation, Medcare Diagnostics would not be held liable for any harm or loss arising out of such cancellations.

Contact Us & Just Ask Your Answers

Please feel welcome to contact our friendly reception staff with any general or medical enquiry call us.

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