DMSA

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.

The Procedure

  • 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.
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