Renal Perfusion Scan

A renal perfusion scan is used to study the condition and function of the kidneys.

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  • Please drink 1 litre of water prior to your appointment. Go to the toilet as required. You do not need to have a full bladder for the scan.

    If there is any chance you may be pregnant or you are breast-feeding, please contact our team directly for specific instructions.

    • On arrival you will have an IV placed into the arm.
    • You will be asked to go to the toilet immediately prior to getting on the scanning bed.
    • You will be positioned for the scan and a tracer will be injected via the IV. It is important that you remain still for the duration of the scan.
    • The scan will take approximately 40mins. This can vary however depending on the reason for your scan.
    • There are no side effects to the tracer used.
  • Queensland X-Ray has the latest nuclear medicine equipment, with SPECT/CT available across all departments.

    One of our nuclear medicine technologists will perform your renal perfusion scan, under the supervision of one of our nuclear medicine specialists.

    The images the technologist acquires are reviewed by a specialist who reports on the findings. The report will be sent to your referring doctor, who will explain the findings to you. Technologists performing the scan do not discuss scan results with you.

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How much will it cost?

Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.

How do I access my images?

At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.

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