This test uses a radioactive chemical to find problems with the parathyroid glands.
There are usually four parathyroid glands. They are located near the center of the neck behind the thyroid gland.
A parathyroid scan uses a radioactive chemical (also called a tracer) to find problems with the parathyroid glands.
A parathyroid scan may be recommended if your healthcare provider thinks you may have problems with your parathyroid glands. For example, there may be indications that one or more of your parathyroid glands are over-active.
Tell the technician if you are nursing, pregnant or could be pregnant.
The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a parathyroid scan?
After your parathyroid scan, you should understand any home care instructions and follow-up plans.
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