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    The inauguration of the NKTI-Baxter Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Center of Excellence was held last February 23, 2021 at the NKTI. The center is a two-storey warehouse for PD dialysis solutions and accessories. Facilities include areas for patient training and clinical management as well as a queuing system to make the process of claiming these lifesaving fluids more efficient for PD patients.
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Gastrointestinal Bleed Scintigraphy

Indication:

  • To localize the approximate gastrointestinal bleeding site

Patient Preparations:

  • Written request from the physician is needed.

Pertinent Information:

  • History of past bleeding episodes ( melena, hematochezia)

  • Results of prior studies to localize bleeding site

  • Prior therapeutic interventions

  • History factors that affect RBC radiolabeling efficiency ( i.e. thalassemia, chemotherapy)

  • Current blood pressure and pulse

  • Clinical signs of active bleeding: Presence of orthostatic hypotension; current hemoglobin and hematocrit, number of recent transfusion.

When to Arrive:

  • You should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This allows time for you to complete any necessary paper work, change your clothes for your scan and answer questions from our technologist about your medical history before we start your scan.

Clothing/Metallic Objects:

  • For all Nuclear Medicine procedures, you most likely will change into a hospital gown. Our changing area is private and there is a secure locker for your clothes. It is best, however, if you leave valuable items at home. If you are wearing anything metallic, such as jewelry, glasses, dentures etc. that might interfere with the Nuclear Scan.

Examination Time:

  • 3 hours ( standard); additional views anytime patient bleed within 24 hours.

Patient Position:

  • Your technologist will then bring you into the Dual-Head Gamma Camera room where you will lie down supine position on the machine table. The technologist positions the part of your body to be scanned. The detector heads does not touch you, nor do you feel anything during imaging

Points of Emphasis:

  • The radioisotope, although radioactive, is harmless and emits less radiation than the standard x-ray.

  • Hydrate patient with 3-4 glasses of water after the injection of isotope to increase circulation.

  • Notify doctor/ Technologists if pregnant