Gallium Scan

A gallium scan is used to detect inflammation in tissue. This can be an indication for infection or tumours. It is often used to assess the presence of bone or soft tissue infection. This test can also be used to assess and monitor patients with Lymphoma.

Please advise us beforehand

Please make staff aware if you are, or think you could be pregnant, breast-feeding, claustrophobic and/or if you are the primary/sole carer for small children when you book your appointment.

Please notify staff if you have or have not had a recent bone scan.

Preparation

No preparation

What happens during the procedure

Part 1: You will be given a small injection of a radioactive tracer that is taken up by the body. The injection shouldn’t make you feel any different and allows images to be taken of the area of interest. This part takes 15 minutes to complete. You can go about normal activity (including eating, drinking, driving your car etc) following the injection.

Part 2: Images of the body or area of interest are taken 24-48 hours following the injection. These images may take up to 60 minutes to complete.

Part 3: Depending on the area of interest, subsequent images may be required up to 2 weeks following the injection. These images take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

How long does it take?

An initial injection taking 15 minutes, then 24-48 hours later the images are taken. This component can take up to 60 minutes to complete.

After your examination

Eat and drink as normal before and after your scan.

Resume normal activities (including driving) following your injection.

Your Images and Report

After your examination, the most pertinent images from your study will be available on the myPRP patient portal. A report, along with the images will be sent directly to your referring doctor. PRP will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.
 
Please bring any previous X-rays with you.
 
It is important that you return to your doctor with your examination results. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.