What is a Gallium Scan?
A gallium scan is a test done in the Nuclear Medicine Division that looks at your
whole body and checks for an abscess or tumors.
Why am I having a Gallium Scan?
This scan shows any infection and / or tumors in your body. This information will
help your doctor decide on your medical treatment.
What About Radiation?
The material that allows us to do the scan contains a very small amount of
radioactivity, and will naturally decay on its own.
If you are breastfeeding, pregnant or think you might be, tell the radiologist
or technologist before the scan.
Are there any Preparations for this Test?
C This is no special preparation for the injection, but there might be preparation
of your lower bowel or colon the night before the scan. The technologist will
let you know.
C The technologist will give you the bowel prep and instructions you will need
for the gallium scan when you arrive for your injection.
How is the Gallium Scan done?
C The gallium scan is done in Nuclear
Medicine. You will have up to 3
appointment times. During the first
appointment your questions are answered,
further instructions are given, and the
radioactive material is injected.
C The second appointment is when the scan is
done. This is usually 48 hours after the
injection. Timing is very important to
prevent any inconvenience to yourself and