DMSA Renal Kidney Scan

Also known as: DMSA renal scan, DMSA kidney scan, dimercapto succinic acid scan

What is a DMSA renal kidney scan?

DMSA renal kidney scan is a kidney imaging test that gives health care professionals a clearer picture of the kidneys than standard imaging tests. It’s a nuclear medicine test. The radioisotopes added to the bloodstream make the kidneys appear clearer during the imaging portion of the test.

What happens during the procedure? 

The child is given an intravenous line, through which a small amount of a radioactive substance in injected into the bloodstream. Typically, the child is then sedated for the imaging portion of the test, and the same IV line can be used to administer the anesthesia. While the child lies on a table, a special camera is used to take picture of the kidneys inside the body.

Is any special preparation needed? 

The child may need to avoid food, drink and certain medications for a period of time before the test. He or she should also wear loose, comfortable clothing for the test.

What are the risk factors? 

Adverse reactions to the radioisotopes or the anesthesia medication are small risks related to the DMSA renal kidney scan.


Reviewed by: Felix I Ramirez-Seijas, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/9/2018 5:56:25 PM

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