Children's mIBG scan

This tests assists with the diagnosis and treatment planning for certain types of abdominal disease. Your child can eat and drink normally before the test.

A small amount of a radioactive tracer is injected (this is like a blood test) and then pictures are taken with a gamma camera. In addition medicine (in the form of tablets) may be given to prevent the uptake of radioactivity in the thyroid. The imaging sessions take up to two hours and may sometimes spread over two separate days. Your child will be assessed before the test to make sure the injection and the imaging are carried out in a way that is most comfortable and least stressful to your child.

We will not sedate your child as this requires an admission onto a ward, which in itself is a stressful event. However we have an experienced team of nurses and imaging technicians who are skilled in putting children at ease.