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DIPYRIDAMOLE - THALLIUM TEST
SCHILLING TEST
THALLIUM STRESS EXERCISE - ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY
CARDIOLITE STRESS TEST
DIPYRIDAMOLE CARDIOLITE STRESS TEST


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DIPYRIDAMOLE - THALLIUM TEST:

Please report to the Outpatient desk fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled test.

This test will be done to provide more information about your heart.

How the Procedure Works:

Before the test, a routine electrocardiogram (EKG) will be recorded. The test will then be described to you and you will have a chance to ask any questions you wish. An I.V. will be placed in your arm. While lying on an X-ray table, the physician will administer Dipyridamole through the I.V. line. A few minutes later, Thallium will be injected in the I.V. line and the technician will scan your heart for twenty minutes. Upon completion of the scan, the I.V. will be removed and you may leave the hospital but must return three (3) hours later. At that time you will be given another injection of Thallium and scanned for fifteen minutes.

During the testing, your electrocardiogram and blood pressure will be watched continuously. If you have any unusual sensations during or immediately following the test, it is important to let the physician know.

Instructions:

Fast at least four hours prior to the test.

No aminophylline - containing drugs/beverages at least twenty-four hours prior to the test, examples:

  • Coffee
  • Bronkodyl
  • Theo-Dur
  • Tea
  • Quibron
  • Theophylline
  • Chocolate
  • Resbid
  • Cola
  • Slo-Bid Gyrocaps
  • Trental

Take your medication unless otherwise advised by your physician.

If you are unsure about your medications, please check with your physician before taking them.

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SCHILLING TEST:

A Schilling Test is a 24-hour urine test used to diagnose pernicious anemia and malabsorption syndrome.

How the Procedure Works:

After a brief interview is done by the R. N., two tasteless capsules of radioactive B-12 are administered orally.

Two hours later, nonradioactive B-12 is given intramuscularly by an R.N.

Total urine is collected for 24 hours from the time the patient receives the vitamin B-12 injection.

Schilling Test Preparation:

Patient must fast overnight and remain fasting for at least two hours after the ingestion of the radiopharmaceutical.

The patient should not receive intramuscular B-12 for at least three days before the test.

Instructions:

Do not contaminate the urine with any stool.
You do not need to refrigerate the urine specimen or keep it in a cool place.
Return the 24-hour urine specimen container to X-Ray/Nuclear Medicine after completion of the test.
Test results may be obtained within 2-3 days by calling your attending physician.

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THALLIUM STRESS EXERCISE - ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY:

Please report to the outpatient desk fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled test.

This test will be done to provide more information about your heart.

Before the test, a routine electrocardiogram (EKG) will be recorded. The test will then be described to you and you will have a chance to ask any questions you wish. An I.V. will be placed in your arm. Then you will walk on a treadmill (a continuously moving track). The speed of the treadmill and its steepness will be slowly increased. While you are walking on the treadmill, your heart rate, heart rhythm, and electrocardiogram will be watched by a physician and technicians. Your blood pressure will also be checked.

If, during the test, you should have chest pain, difficulty breathing, weakness, or feel uncomfortable in any way, you should tell the physician and the test may be stopped.

In order to scan your heart, an isotope called Thallium will be injected in the I.V. while you are on the treadmill. Upon completion of the exercise, you will be taken to the Nuclear Medicine Department and scanned for twenty minutes. When the scan is complete, the I.V. will be taken out. You may leave the hospital but must return three hours later at which time you will be given another injection of Thallium and scanned again for fifteen minutes. The second set of pictures are resting images and do not require you to exercise again.

Instructions:

  • Allow five hours for the total test.
  • Fast four-six hours prior to the test and until completion of both parts of the test.
  • Take your medication unless otherwise advised by your physician.
  • Wear proper clothing - Sneakers or rubber-sole oxfords; no slippers, boots, or high heels. Comfortable slacks; shorts may be worn.

If you have any questions concerning the above, feel free to call your doctor or the Nuclear Medicine Department.

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CARDIOLITE STRESS TEST:

Please report to the Outpatient desk fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled test.

This test will be done to provide more information about your heart.

There are two sets of images required for this study, resting and stress. Resting images are done first.

You will be given an isotope called Cardiolite into a vein in your arm and asked to return one hour, thirty minutes later for the scan. You may have a glass of milk or a light meal forty minutes after the injection. When you return to the Nuclear Medicine Department, the scan will take fifteen minutes.

At your scheduled time, report to the Cardiovascular Lab for the treadmill stress test. Before the test, a routine electrocardiogram (EKG) will be recorded. The test will be described to you and you will have a chance to ask any questions you wish. An I.V. will be placed in your arm. Then you will walk on the treadmill (a continuously-moving track). The speed of the treadmill and its steepness will be slowly increased. While you are walking on the treadmill, your heart rate, heart rhythm, and electrocardiogram will be watched by a physician and technicians. Your blood pressure will also be checked.

If, during the test you should have chest pain, pressure, difficulty breathing, weakness, or feel uncomfortable in any way, you should tell the physician and the test may be stopped. While you are on the treadmill, you will be given another injection of Cardiolite through the I.V. Upon completion of the test, the I.V. will be removed. Return to the Nuclear Medicine Department one hour later for another fifteen minute scan. While you are waiting that one hour, have another glass of milk or a meal.

Instructions:

  • Allow 5-6 hours total time for the test.
  • Fast four-six hours prior to the test.
  • Take your medication unles otherwise advised by your physician.
  • Wear proper clothing - Comfortable slacks; shorts may be worn. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes, no slippers, boots, or high heels.

If you have any questions concerning the above, feel free to contact your Doctor or call the Nuclear Medicine Department.

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DIPYRIDAMOLE CARDIOLITE STRESS TEST:

Please report to the Outpatient desk fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled test.

This test will be done to provide more information about your heart.

There are two sets of images required for this study, resting and stress. Resting images are done first.

You will be given an isotope called Cardiolite into a vein in your arm and asked to return one hour, thirty minutes later for the scan. You may have a glass of milk or a light meal forty minutes after the injection. When you return to the Nuclear Medicine Department, the scan will take fifteen minutes.

At your scheduled time, report to the Cardiovascular Lab to prepare for the sress test. Before the test, a routine electrocardiogram (EKG) will be recorded. The test will be described to you and you will have a chance to ask any questions you wish. An I.V. will be placed in your arm. While lying on a cart, the physician will administer Dipyridamole through the I.V. line. Your blood pressure and electrocardiogram will be monitored by the physician and technicians. If you have any unusual sensations during the test, let the physician know what you are feeling.

After the Dipyridamole is in, you will be given another injection of Cardiolite through the I.V. Upon completion of the test, the I.V. will be removed. Return to the Nuclear Medicine Department one hour later for another fifteen minute scan. While you are waiting that one hour, have another glass of milk or a meal.

Instructions:

Fast four-six hours prior to the test.
Allow five-six hours total time for the test.
No aminophylline-containing drugs/beverages at least twenty-four hours prior to the test, examples:

  • Coffee
  • Bronkodyl
  • Theo-Dur
  • Quibron
  • Theophylline
  • Chocolate
  • Resbid
  • Slo-Bid Gyrocaps
  • Tea
  • Cola
  • Trental

If you are unsure about medications, please contact your doctor.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact the Nuclear Medicine Department or your doctor's office.

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