Travel clothing: Your selection of travel clothes will be influenced by the season in which you are making the trip to Bad Berka. Overall, the weather around the Bad Berka area is generally cooler and more rainy than in other parts of Germany. In the winter this translates into snow and cold temperatures. The best approach is to take clothing you can layer. During the winter months consideration should be given to wearing waterproof or water-resistant shoes. During the winter months it is not unusual for streets and sidewalks to be covered in snow, ice and water.

During the summer months Bad Berka can get warm, but is normally temperate.

Clothing for the Hospital when getting PRRT: For persons coming from the United States for PRRT, it must be pointed out that the hospital environment is different. Unlike the US where patients are put into hospital gowns for the duration of their stay, the patients at Bad Berka wear their own clothing they bring from home.

The rooms in the nuclear medicine ward are generally kept at a comfortable temperature all year long, but having a sweater or lightweight jacket on hand can be wise. It is suggested that you bring comfortable loose fitting clothing. The patient will spend most of their time in their own room or on the ward. Also you may want to bring old clothing that can be discarded after wearing them on the ward.

Patients should consider wearing shirts that have short sleeves rather than long sleeves. Most of the tests done in preparation for the PRRT as well as the PRRT itself, are conducted using a peripheral IV line that is usually placed in the arm, or into the top of the hand. The IV line is normally taped to the side or top of the arm or hand. Wearing a short-sleeved shirt will keep the IV line from being snagged and pulled out.

If you have to keep the IV line in for several days, you can ask one of the nurses to put a flexible sleeve over the tube to prevent snagging. Also you can ask for a plastic bag to put over the line when taking a shower or washing.

The clothing you are wearing at the time you receive the PRRT can absorb low levels of radioactivity and these items of clothing, such as your underwear, you may not be able to take home with you. At the end of the treatment all clothing/worn items will be scanned with an instrument used to determine radiation levels. If radiation is found to be above a certain level, then some articles of clothing worn during treatment may not be returned.

One item you might consider packing is a lightweight or compact pair of slippers to wear on the ward and in the hospital room. The Croc Brand shoes made with PCCR (closed cell resin) are comfortable and easy to clean.