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Gallium Scan


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Gallium Scan

  1. 1. Gallium Scan 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 others.
  2. 2. Page 2 C You will lie on a table while a camera-like machine moves above and below you. The scan lasts 2-3 hours. Several days later a 3rd appointment may be needed. The technologist will let you know before your leave. C A gallium scan is an important test. Please ask your doctor or technologist if you have any questions. C Your first appointment for a Gallium Scan has been scheduled at ______________ on ______________________. C Your second appointment for a Gallium Scan has been scheduled at ______________ on ______________________. Your test is scheduled at: “ University Hospital, Nuclear Medicine, 211 East Doan Hall, 410 West 10th Avenue. You need to take the Doan Hall elevators to the 2nd floor. Report to the Radiology registration to the right of the elevators. If you need to change your appointment, call Radiology Scheduling at 293-4333. If you have a question about your test, please call Nuclear Medicine at 293-5774. “ University Hospital East, 1492 East Broad Street. You need to stop at Main Registration on the first floor of the tower. This is near the main hospital entrance. If you have to change your appointment, call Scheduling at 257-2222. If you have a question about your test, please call Nuclear Medicine at 257-3670. If you would like more written information, please call the Library for Health Information at (614)293-3707. You can also make the request by e-mail: © Copyright, (1/2004) Department of Nuclear Medicine The Ohio State University Medical Center < Upon request all patient education handouts are available in other formats for people with special hearing, vision and language needs, call (614) 293-3191.