We place a great deal of importance on making sure children and their families are well informed about the procedure in advance, so that they know what to expect.
--Frederick Grant, MD
If your child’s doctor, or your own, has recommended lymphoscintigraphy, you may be wondering what exactly the procedure entails. Here you'll find some background information on the procedure and on nuclear medicine, as well as what to expect when you come in for your child’s lymphoscintigraphy scan.
The bottom line on lymphoscintigraphy
Lymphoscintigraphy is a noninvasive medical imaging test that provides images of the lymphatic system. These images can help your doctors diagnose problems related to the lymphatic system.
At Boston Children’s, the test is performed in the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. The division provides a safe, comfortable and patient-friendly atmosphere with:
specialized nuclear medicine physicians with expertise in interpreting lymphoscintigraphy scans in patients of all ages—children and adults
certified nuclear medicine technologists with years of experience imaging children and teens
equipment that has been adapted for use with children
- protocols that keep the dose of radiation used for the scan as low as possible while assuring high image quality
You can find out more here about what we're doing to keep nuclear medicine and radiology scans as safe as possible for children.
Lymphoscintigraphy: Reviewed by Frederick Grant, MD
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