Thyroid scintigraphy

Thyroid scintigraphy is performed for various diseases. In most cases, a nodular thyroid gland or an overproduction of thyroid hormones is present. Thyroid scintigraphy is used to assess the function of the thyroid gland. As a rule, an ultrasound examination of the neck is carried out in addition to the scintigraphy.

How does a thyroid scintigraphy work?

The examination is a nuclear medicine method. We inject you with a slightly radioactive substance. This substance accumulates in your thyroid gland in a similar way to iodine. After approx. 15-25 minutes, an image of your neck and the injection site on your arm will be taken. With the help of modern computer systems, images are then created on which we can assess the thyroid gland.

What do you need to consider?

Please let us know your thyroid medication when you register for the scintigraphy. The doctors will decide whether and for how long you need to stop taking them before the examination. You can take all other medication as usual. When you register for scintigraphy, please also let us know whether you have had an X-ray examination with contrast medium in the last few weeks (e.g. CT, cardiac catheterization). The doctors will decide whether the examination can be carried out now or at a later date. Eating and drinking is permitted before the scintigraphy. You do not have to come sober. Please report to the examination desk in Nuclear Medicine (main entrance) on floor A. The examination takes approx. 45 – 60 minutes. After the images have been taken, the examination is complete for you.

What are the side effects?

The substance is very well tolerated. In the literature and in our experience, no undesirable side effects are known. The radiation exposure is very low and comparable to that of an X-ray image. You must lie still on an examination table during the scans. If you suffer from claustrophobia, we advise you to bring an accompanying person. This person may sit next to you during the entire recording time.

When will you receive the result?

We are not yet able to inform you of the result immediately after the recordings have been completed. It takes time to analyze the images on the computer. We will send a written report to your attending physician within 24 hours. He or she will inform you of the result.

Responsible professionals

Ivette Engel-Bicik, Dr. med.

Attending Physician with extended responsibilites, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Tel. +41 44 255 35 55
Specialties: Thyroid diseases incl. Therapy, Radionuclide therapies (SIRT, PRRT, Xofigo)

Roger Schneiter, Dr. med.

Attending Physician with extended responsibilites, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Attending Physician with extended responsibilites, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition

Tel. +41 44 255 36 20
Specialties: Andrology, Thyroid/parathyroid gland, Pituitary gland

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