A typical length of stay for an MIBG treatment is 2 to 5 days, but every treatment is different. Environmental Health and Radiation Safety staff will check the radiation level every day. Your child will be discharged when the radioactivity falls to a level that indicates it is safe for your child to be outside of the hospital.
An MIBG scan will be performed prior to discharge to make sure tumor cells took up the I-131 MIBG. It is common for this scan to be very bright and often shows abnormal areas that were not previously known because of the high dose of 131-I MIBG used in treatments compared to typical scans.
When your child is ready to leave at the end of treatment, give him or her a sponge bath (do not use the bathtub) and put on clean clothes. The clothes your child was wearing during treatment should be thrown in the trash box in the room.
At the time of discharge, you will be provided with documentation that your child has received radioactive material as therapy in case you are questioned by security for triggering a radiation detector.
When your child is ready to go home, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety staff will monitor your personal items that have been in the treatment room for traces of radiation as you bring them out of the room.
For five days starting the day of infusion, your child should:
For 7 days starting the day of infusion, the child should:
If the patient is female and of child-bearing age, you should discuss additional precautions with the medical team and Environmental Health and Radiation Safety.