What does a DMSA scan show?
A DMSA scan is used to assess the function and location of the kidneys, that is, to check how well the kidneys are working. It is also used to show any potentially scarred areas in the kidneys, which may not be working as well as they should.
Is DMSA scan necessary?
DMSA scan is recommended, as it can be used to detect children with risk of having dilated VUR.
When do you need a DMSA scan?
This scan is used to check the structure of the kidneys, their size and shape. It is very commonly used in children who have had urinary tract infections. It shows which areas of the kidney are working well and any areas of scarring.
Is DMSA scan painful?
The DMSA scan itself does not hurt, but an intravenous (IV) line is needed to give a tiny amount of the radioisotope before the test. Most children are able to lie perfectly still for the test; young children may even nap through the test.
How is DMSA scan done?
A DMSA scan of the kidneys involves an injection of the radiopharmaceutical into the vein, followed by the scan about 90 minutes to 4 hours after the injection. You can usually leave the hospital or nuclear medicine facility after the injection and return later.
How long does a DMSA scan take?
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.