This is a scan of the total body. It is usually done 24, 48, and 72 hours after being given an injection of radioactive gallium. This substance is not harmful to you. After injection, it is concentrated in areas of inflammation or infection and will show benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumors. It is especially useful in detecting growing tumors. Not all problems are seen with this scan.
PREPARATION FOR TEST
No preparation or fasting is necessary. An enema may be given in order to lessen the risk of increased gallium uptake within the bowel.
Spread out, low levels of gallium uptake, especially in the liver and spleen.
No localized areas of gallium uptake within the body.
Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.
MEANING OF TEST
Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.
OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS
It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.