Kidney Scan - DMSA

  • No preparation for the scan is required

This is essentially a static image to demonstrate the size, shape, position and relative (divided) function of the kidneys. It is useful for the delineation of renal scarring, the detection of renal masses, the identification and assessment of functioning renal tissue, and the evaluation of renal trauma. Imaging takes place approximately two and a half to six hours after administration of the radiopharmaceutical and takes about half an hour.


Used to assess:

Anatomy of the kidneys Blood supply to kidney Function of kidneys Kidney morphology, Pathology assessment and Geometric mean.


Adult:

Injection time: 3 mins
Waiting time before scan: 2 - 4 hours
Scan duration: 30 mins

Child (0 - 4 years old)

Injection time: 30 mins (Drip)
Waiting time before scan: 2 - 4 hours
Scan duration: 20 mins


How to book

Patients will need to be referred to Nuclear Med by a referring doctor. Patients must select the specific scan/study required by their referring doctor and book an appointment at the most convenient location.

Checklist:

  • Medical aid authorisation (referring doctor to provide patient with specific ICD 10 code for medical aid authorisation)
  • Referring doctor’s name and practice number
  • Newly diagnosed oncology patients may need to register for oncology (referring doctor to facilitate registration)