Nuclear Medicine Information For Pediatric Patient
Scheduled for NURSING SEDATION
- Infants 0-5 mo. - No food, milk products or orange juice 4 hours prior to arrival for test.
- Infants 6 mo. - 36 mo. - No food, milk products or orange juice 6 hours prior to arrival for test.
- Children > 3 years old and < 18 years old - No food, milk products or orange juice 8 hours prior to arrival for test.
- Children may have clear liquids (water, Pedialyte, Gatorade, apple juice and other see through juices) up to 2 hours prior to arrival, THEN NOTHING BY MOUTH. (Do not give milk, formula, orange juice, or breast milk because these are not considered clear liquids).
Your child will need to lie still during the procedure. Medication will be given by mouth or as a suppository to make him/her fall asleep. This medication is called sedation and will be given by the Radiology nurse. It is not the same thing as "general anesthesia" or "gas". You do not need to have a prescription filled for sedation or bring any sedation medication with you.
If your child is over 12 months old, keep him/her awake as long as possible prior to arriving at the hospital. Do not let the child sleep in the car on the way to the hospital for the Nuclear Medicine scan. Children who are sleepy are easier to sedate.
Bring a small container of your child's favorite juice. Also, for infants, bring a bottle of formula.
Dress your child in comfortable clothes without metal snaps.
Arrive at the hospital 1 or 1 1/2 hours prior to your appointment time to meet with the nurse and for your child to receive the sedation medication. Please DO NOT BE LATE. If you are unable to come for the appointment, please call and cancel to allow us to use the time for other patients. If you arrive late, there is a possibility that we will not be able to complete the procedure due to other patients on the schedule.
Bring another adult with you to assist with the care of your child. Please leave other children at home.
If you have any questions, please call 800-972-9882 or 434-982-3362Lasix Renal Scan