Your physician has requested that you have a Gallium scan. This is a safe, simple, non-invasive way to evaluate the soft tissues of your body typically your lungs. Gallium-67 citrate is a radioactive element. The radioactivity associated with the injection of Gallium is negligible. The injection will not make you feel dizzy, nauseated, hot or cold. On the day of your injection you may be given instructions to prepare you for your return images such as a taking a laxative.
Approximate study time during imaging 1 hour.
To outline our requirements, you will:
- After registration report to Medical Imaging and check in with our receptionist
- You will then be escorted to Nuclear Medicine
- A short history will be taken
- You will receive the injection into an arm vein.
- Return for your scan in 48 to 72 hours unless instructed otherwise.
- On the day of the scan, several images will be obtained lying on your back.
- The Radiologist will review the images before you are released from Nuclear Medicine.
- Additional images may be necessary at the discretion of the Radiologist on the following days.
- Total study time will take approximately 1 hour on the day of imaging.
- After the test is complete you will be released and may resume normal activities.
- The Radiologist will read the test and the results will be sent to the ordering physician.
Note: Inpatients will be transported to Nuclear Medicine.