What is a Gallium Scan?

Gallium Scan is a type of Nuclear Medicine exam test to look for swelling (inflammation), infection, or cancer in the body. It uses a radioactive material called gallium.

Who should get this test?

Doctors ordered Gallium Scan to those patients who have the following indications:

  • Infection that is causing a fever.
  • Abscess or certain infections, especially in the bones.
  • Check the response to antibiotic treatment.
  • Diagnose inflammatory problems such as pulmonary fibrosis or sarcoidosis.
  • Certain types of cancer (such as lymphoma).

Is there radiation involved?

Yes. Nuclear Medicine is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

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