An injection of a small amount of the isotope preparation is given into a vein. It takes time for this substance to be absorbed; therefore the scan is performed approximately 15 minutes to 3 hours after the injection (depends on the scan). You will be asked to drink water between the injection and the scan.
When it is time for the scan, you do not need to undress. You will be taken to the examination room and made comfortable lying on the couch. You need to lie as still whilst each picture is taken. The gamma camera is passed over your body and this will take approximately 40 minutes.
There are no ill-effects from the injection and apart from the injection itself, you will not feel anything.