The radiation dose is very small, and reactions are
Your doctor has referred you to us for a Nuclear
virtually unknown. This liquid will be rapidly excreted by
Medicine captopril renal isotope scan. This is a simple
your kidneys. The images of this excretion are recorded
test which is usually carried out to determine whether
hypertension (high blood pressure) is caused by
After this, you will be given a blood pressure medication
narrowing in the artery supplying the kidney.
called Captopril that assists in detecting any narrowing
of the arteries supplying blood to your kidneys. Your
blood pressure will be monitored for one hour.
Please have a list of all medications available when
booking your appointment, as some medications can
The injection and imaging process is then repeated.
As you will need to be well hydrated for your
The procedure comprises two parts. The first part
examination, you will be required to drink one litre of
takes approximately 30 minutes, whilst the second part
water one hour prior to the scan. Please note it is not
takes approximately 90 minutes. Note, you may leave
a requirement to have a full bladder at the time of the
the premises in between the two examination parts.
What can you expect after your examination?
There are no side effects with this procedure. Once it is
Bring your referral and any relevant previous images
over you will be able to continue performing your usual
daily activities, including eating and driving.
Also bring your Medicare card, Pension or Healthcare
However, carers of infants and young children should
card or Veteran’s Affairs card details if applicable.
avoid prolonged close contact for 12 hours following the
scan. Maintaining an arm’s length distance from infants
Also bring a list of the medications you are taking.
What you need to tell us prior to your appointment?
Please advise us if you are pregnant, or breast
You will receive a dose of radiation. The benefits of
feeding, or unsure of your pregnancy status before
detecting disease are considered to outweigh any
potential risks from receiving such a dose.
This examination is not suitable for pregnant women.
Please, however, advise the Radiographer if you are, or
Breastfeeding mothers can undergo the procedure but
will need to cease any breast feeding activities for 12
hours after the scan, with breast milk to be expressed
What happens with the images and reports?
and discarded during this period. Note, however, that
After your examination a report, based on the images
breast feeding may resume 12 hours post procedure.
taken, will be provided directly to your referring doctor.
We store digital copies of all studies and reports on our
Note, you will not be required to undress at any stage
secure patient information system for comparison with
You should wear comfortable clothing. We may ask
One of our technologists will give you an intravenous
Your appointment details
injection of a small amount of radioactive liquid into a
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