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Lymphoscintigraphy for Lymphedema

Lymphoscintigraphy is a test that uses a radioactive substance (or tracer) to demonstrate lymphatic flow through the draining lymphatic system.

The procedure is most often performed on patients with unexplained upper or lower extremity swelling.

Before Your Procedure

  • Tell your physician if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • No special preparation is necessary for this test.

During Your Procedure

  • During the test, a radiologist will make a small injection in between the fingers on each hand or the toes on each foot.
  • Following the injections, you may be asked to walk around in the hallway for approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
  • You will then be asked to lie on a table and imaging will begin, starting at your hands or feet.
  • Images will be acquired for approximately 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, the images will be shown to the radiologist to determine if additional images need to be acquired.
  • The entire procedure lasts approximately 90 minutes.

After Your Procedure

  • After the test, you can resume your normal activities.
  • Increase your fluid intake unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Thank you for letting us perform your examination. Your images will be interpreted by Regional Diagnostic Radiologists (RDR). It is our goal to have the report available to your physician within 24 hours.

Your physician has requested we inform you that it may take him/her 3-5 working days before they notify you with results. If you have not been notified by the fifth working day, you may call your physician for the results. If you already have a follow up appointment scheduled with your physician, they may wait to inform you of your results at that time.

If you have any questions about your examination, please call your provider

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO