How you prepare

How you prepare for a SPECT scan depends on your particular situation. Ask your health care team whether you need to make any special preparations before your SPECT scan.

In general, you should:

  • Leave metallic jewelry at home.
  • Inform the technologist if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Bring a list of all the medications and supplements you take.
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