Medical Imaging

Nuclear Medicine > Exams & Procedures > LeVeen Shunt Scan

This scan determines the flow of fluid from your abdomen into the blood stream through the LeVeen shunt. It is performed to see if there is an obstruction in the shunt.

The test involves the injection of a radioactive tracer into your abdomen. Pictures will be taken to determine the distribution of the tracer in the abdomen and chest.

Preparation

  • Bring a list of all medications and supplements you take. This includes vitamins, herbal remedies, and holistic medications.
  • Do not bring children or pregnant women with you to the department. We do not want to expose them to unnecessary radiation.
  • Any of these procedures is subject to change according to the nuclear medicine physician. The duration of the tests is a rough estimate. Please be aware that the time may be lengthened if a scan has to be repeated, if emergency cases are brought to the department or due to unforeseen circumstances.

About the Procedure

  • The procedure takes about one hour.
  • A technologist will briefly explain the test to you and try to answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
  • A technologist will ask you a few questions about your medical history and medications.
  • You will lie down on an imaging bed with a camera positioned above you.
  • The nuclear medicine physician will inject a radioactive tracer into your abdomen.
  • Pictures will be taken for 30 minutes following the injection.