I am a student in Nuc med tech. Since there is no forum for nuc med, I enjoy reading the nursing forum.My question is , are you allowed to discuss the patient's condition/ prognosis with them? I ask this because as nuc med tech's , we are not allowed to disclose any information. When a patient comes in for a test, I ask them if they know why thier doctor ordered this particular test. If they do not know why, we are not allowed to tell them. There was an inpatient yesterday who was asking the tech why her doctor ordered a cardiac stress test when she was admitted for an unrelated condition. Of course, the answers are in the patient's chart but we are not allowed to discuss it with them. It put the tech in a very awkward position. There was a patient who came in for a thryoid scan. She claimed to have no history of thryoid disease. She looked like she had a goiter. I asked one of the techs if that is what a goiter looked like and she told me I was not allowed to ask that in front of the patient. ( I whispered it to her on the side and I am sure the patient did not hear).Another 90 yr old patient came in for a bone scan to rule out mets. He had a history of prostate cancer. He was treated with an implant. When questioned and asked directly if he had any history of cancer, he said no. He was under the impression that the bone scan was routine. Apparently , his physican never told him he has cancer or was treated for it.I have to be very careful now what I say to patients. Obviously, I cannot tell them what thier test show or rules out. I would not feel qualified to do that at this point and I would not want the liability. Still, someone should at least tell them why the test is being done. In most cases , they are somewhat aware of thier condition. At least if the doctor has bothered to come in and discuss it with them. I can only give them a very general overview of what the test involves. It puts me in an awkward position .