Renal Scan


What is it?

This test measures the function and structure of the kidneys.

What do I need to do?

Please bring a valid OHIP Card to your appointment. If you do not have an OHIP Card, please bring another form of government issued ID such as (Drivers License, Passport, or another provincial health card). Please also bring a signed requisition from your physician and arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. The receptionist will verify your information and admit you for the procedure.

No special preparation is required for this procedure.

What can I expect the day of the test?

Arrive 15 minutes early to allow the reception team to check you in for your procedure. Your technologist will then bring you into the nuclear medicine suite and conduct a brief patient interview to determine specifics about the reason for your visit. After that brief interview, your technologist will inject you with a radioactive tracer that will allow the technologist to take pictures of your kidneys. If your test is ordered with captopril, please speak to your referring physician before discontinuing any medications.

How long will it take?

The length of the procedure depends on the type of renal scan being ordered.

Renal Scan – 1 Hour

Renal Captopril – 2 days: 1 Hour each day

Renal Cortical – 3 to 4 hours

How long will it take for the results to get to my family physician?

Your results will be ready in 72 hours.

For more information about the nuclear medicine bone scan please email or call 416.284744 ext 2 and speak to one of our technologists.

Clinical Centre

325 Milner Avenue, Suite 410

Scarborough, ON M1B 5N1

Call 416.284.4744




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