A DMSA Scan is used to assess relative kidney function and determine if any scarring is present on the kidneys that may have been caused following a urinary tract infection.
There can be numerous reasons for having this exam and you will need to talk to your doctor about this.
- An intravenous injection of a radioactive material is administered and imaging begins approx. 3 hours later. There are no side effects from this injection.
- The patient lies on an imaging bed for approx. 30 minutes whilst images of the kidneys are obtained.
- Children over 12 months of age may attend 1 hour before appointment time for EMLA cream (local anaesthetic).
- It is required that the patient has been free of infection (UTI) for 3 months prior to having the scan.