Gallium Scan

You have been scheduled for a gallium scan, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
1. Whole body gallium scan: Once in the injection room you will be intravenously injected with a radioactive tracer and asked to return twenty four to seventy two hours later for the scan. Once in the scan room you will be lying down on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will take images of your body. The scan takes thirty minutes.

2. Gallium SPECT: This scan generally follows a whole body gallium scan and takes about thirty minutes. It gives the doctor more specific information about the soft tissues in your body. Once in the scan room you will be lying down on a table and a camera with two or three special detectors will rotate around you and make three dimensional images of your soft tissues. Claustrophobia is not usually a problem. This gives the doctor information similar to a CT or MRI.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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