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Parathyroid scintigraphy

The parathyroid scintigraphy is a nuclear medical examination with which possible malfunctions of the parathyroid gland (the so-called epithelium, which produce an important hormone for bone metabolism and calcium level) can be detected at a very early stage.

You will get a small amount of a low-radiation marker substance, which accumulates in the pathologically altered parathyroid gland and emits radiation. With a special gamma camera, the radiation can be visualized as image (scintigram).

With the examination, e.g. parathyroid gland nodes (adenomas) or hyperplasia can be detected and localized at a very early stage. This can facilitate the planning of surgical procedures. Adenoma is a benign neoplasm of glandular tissue. Hyperplasia is an increase of the glandular tissue, and consequently, an increased production of the Parathyroid hormone.


Examination procedure

First, a low-radiation marker substances radioactive substance is injected, which will accumulate after a while in the parathyroid glands.

The substances used are very well tolerated; allergic reactions are not known. The radiation load is low and quickly degraded.

After about half an hour we will take images with a gamma camera and repeat this procedure after one and after two hours.

The examination will take a total of about three hours and you may leave the practice during the waiting period.


Preparation before and after the examination

No special preparation is required and you can eat something in advance to the examination and can take your medication as usual.

We will send the examination results to your treating physician as soon as possible. He will then contact you to discuss the results as well as the possibility of a treatment.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions!