Please register at the e-kiosk with an ID, before you head to the Nuclear Medicine Department. Also take any insurance papers with you, if your visit concerns an accident at work.

Practical questions

Do I have to come having fasted (with an empty stomach?

Most examinations do not require you to have an empty stomach. For the following examinations, however, it is necessary to have an empty stomach: heart examination (MIBI), stomach examination, examination of the bile ducts and a FDG PET/CT scan. You will be informed of this when you book an appointment.

Here are the appointments for which you need to be on an empty stomach:

Type of food:Example:Allowed until at the latest:
Normal mealmidnight before the surgery or examination
Light meale.g. a sandwich or toast with jam. Deep-fried/fatty foods or meat are not includedsix hours prior to the procedure or examination
Dairy productsMilk, bottle-feeding for a child, yoghurt...six hours prior to the procedure or examination
Breastfeedingfour hours prior to the procedure or examination
DrinksAs wished: water, sugar water, sports drinks, clear fruit juices without pulp (apple juice, grape juice)

a cup: clear tea and coffee without milk
Recommended: continue to drink clear beverages up to two hours before the procedure or examination
Up to six hours before the procedure: fizzy drinks

(Exceptions: gastrointestinal surgery. You should follow the instructions of your attending physician).

May I take my medication?

A heart examination may require you to take (or you may not be allowed to take) certain medications, even if you need to come with an empty stomach. The cardiologist will let you know. For thyroid tests and some rare tests, it may be necessary to stop medication for a week or more before the examination. We will let you know when you schedule the appointment.

How much time should I plan on?

For some examinations, e.g. for the skeletal scintigraphy (also often called a 'bone scan'), several hours are required between the administration of the test substance and the scan. Certain examinations run over several days. You do not usually have to stay at the hospital during this waiting period, and you can go home. The time of the scintigraphy will be communicated to you, either at the time of the appointment or immediately after administration of the tracer.
More information on the practical aspects of most examinations can be found in the leaflets available under the different types of treatment (A-Z offer).

Application forms (for physicians)

This information is intended for physicians.