DMSA renal scan

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Learn how a DMSA renal scan is done and how it shows how the kidneys work.

Key points

  • A DMSA renal scan is a test to look at how the kidneys are working. It takes three to four hours in total.
  • Your child will first be injected with a very small amount of radioactive medicine, which will mix with their blood and go to their kidneys. After two to three hours, they will have the scan.
  • A nuclear medicine doctor will send the results of the scan to your family doctor or paediatrician (child's doctor) within two working days. The person who does the scan cannot give the results.
Last updated: December 6th 2013