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Learn how an MIBG scan is done and how it detects tumours in the upper body.

Key points

  • An MIBG scan is a test to look for tumours in the upper body. It is done in two parts, one day after another.
  • Your child will first have an injection that includes a tiny amount of radioactive medicine, which will mix with their blood and spread around their body. The next day, they will come back for the scan.
  • Your child will need to start taking Lugol's Solution the day before the injection. Your doctor will give you a prescription for this.
  • 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