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Gallium Scan

Gallium is a radioactive isotope that can be injected through the veins to act as a "tracer". The gallium will be absorbed by soft tissue tumors and infection sites. While gallium is radioactive, it does not produce any risk to the patient, family or anyone who may come in contact with the patient.

How do I prepare for the exam?

No preparation is needed for this exam.

What can I expect during the exam?

This exam is conducted by a specially registered technologist in molecular imaging and a nurse.

A Gallium scan is a two-part exam:

  • On day one, you will be injected with the gallium tracer through an IV and released. You will return to the molecular imaging department on day three for the scans.
  • On day three, you will be placed on the scanning table for anywhere from 45-90 minutes. After your scans are complete, you will be able to resume normal activities.

What can I expect after the exam?

Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your molecular imaging scan. If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by a technologist, nurse or physician before you leave the molecular imaging department.

Your scan will be read by a radiologist specially trained in molecular imaging. A written report will be sent to your physician, who will contact you with results.