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Sentinel Node

Planning ahead:

  • The sentinel node exam is done in combination with a surgical procedure. You will receive a call the day before your procedure telling you when to come to the hospital, and where exactly to report.

Bring with you to the hospital when you come for your test:

  • Complete list of medications you are currently taking – name and dosage of each medication, and when you take it.
  • Written physician’s order for the test.

On the day of the test:

  • Come in through the main entrance of Mon General Hospital, then down the hallway to the Radiology Services registration desk.
  • Plan to be at the hospital for approximately two hours.

During the test:

  • After registration, you will receive an injection.
  • After waiting about 30 to 60 minutes, you will be taken to the Nuclear Medicine department.
  • A camera will be positioned over the area of injection to obtain two to four images. Each image takes approximately 10 minutes.
  • Plan to be in the Nuclear Medicine department for 30 to 60 minutes.

For more information on nuclear medicine, visit http://healthlibrary.mongeneral.com/Search/85,P01290

Or call the Mon General Nuclear Medicine Department at (304) 598-1280.