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Test Details
Test Code:NM0063
Test Name:I - 131 MIBG Scan
Test Details & Preparation
An MIBG scintiscan is a type of imaging test. It uses a radioactive substance (called a tracer) and a scanner to find or confirm the presence of pheochromocytoma and neuroblastoma. These are types of tumours that affect nerve tissue.

A radioisotope (MIBG, iodine-131-meta-iodobenzylguanidine, or iodine-123-meta-iodobenzylguanidine) is injected into a vein. This compound attaches to specific tumour cells.

You will have the scan later that day or the next day. For this part of the test, you lie on a table under the arm of the scanner. Your abdomen is scanned. You may need to return for repeated scans for 1 to 3 days. Each scan takes 1 to 2 hours.

Before or during the test, you may be given an iodine mixture. This prevents your thyroid gland from absorbing too much of the radioisotope.

You will need to sign an informed consent form. You will be asked to wear a hospital gown or loose-fitting clothes. You will need to remove jewellery or metal objects before each scan. Many drugs interfere with the test. Ask your doctor which of your regular medicines you may need to stop taking before the test.

This MIBG scintiscan test is done to help diagnose pheochromocytoma when an abdominal CT scan does not give a definite answer. It is also used to help diagnose neuroblastoma.

Normal MIBG scintiscan test result means there are no signs of tumour.

Most often, MIBG scintiscan test is used to locate pheochromocytoma. It may also be used to detect multiple tumours or tumours that are located outside the adrenal tissues. The test may also be done for other conditions, such as multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) II.

There is some exposure to radiation from the radioisotope. The radiation from this radioisotope is higher than from many others. You may need to take extra precautions for a few days after the test. Your doctor will tell you what actions to take.

Before or during the MIBG scintiscan test, you may be given an iodine solution to help keep your thyroid gland from absorbing too much iodine. This test should NOT be done on pregnant women because of the danger from radiation to the unborn baby.
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