What is a Quadrament Treatment?
A Quadrament treatment if for the relief of bone pain in patients with confirmed osteoblastic metastatic bone lesions as demonstrated on a radionuclide bone scan.
How should I prepare for a Quadrament treatment?
You should be well hydrated prior to the procedure by consuming 1 liter of fluids before the therapy and you will be encouraged to continue to drink fluids and void frequently for the next 12 hours. Absolute contraindications for this therapy are pediatric patients with open epiphyses, pregnant woman, and patients who have known hypersensitivity to EDTMP or similar phosphonate compounds.
How long does the treatment take?
Upon arrival a Nuclear Medicine physician will start an interview with the patient. They will describe the procedure, explain the benefits, risks and alternatives as well as describe the need for follow up, especially to monitor blood counts weekly for 8 weeks by the referring physician. After the patient gives consent to do the treatment an intravenous catheter will be place and the technologist will infuse the Quadrament injection over a 60 seconds. You will then be allowed to leave the department with a scheduled time to return the next day for a total body bone scan. This is a scan of your body from head to toe which allows the physicians to see the distribution of the treatment.
How soon will the results be available?
A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via the internal computer system. This process usually takes less than 24 hours.
It is essential to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant before undergoing this treatment because of radiation exposure.