Gallium Scan (SPECT/CT)

What is the scan for?      

The gallium scan is performed for 2 reasons.  Firstly, it is used to detect areas of inflammation either in the bone or soft tissue.  Secondly, in people with cancer, it can be used to see where the cancer is.

What preparation is required?     

No preparation is necessary.

What about the injection?            

You are given small injection into one of the veins in your arm.  After the injection, there is a delay of 24 to 48 hours until the scan pictures.  There are no side effects, and you will not feel tired or dizzy and are able to drive a car.

What about the pictures?             

After 24 to 48 hours, a number of scan pictures are taken.  This takes about 45 to 60 minutes.  Sometimes, you may be asked to come back the following day for a further set of pictures.  This is not serious but helps confirm the diagnosis.

Is it painful and are there any side effects?

No. There are no side effects or reaction from the injection. The injection does NOT contain iodine and is therefore safe in people who are allergic to radiological contrast injections. Although you will be required to keep still during the scan, the procedure itself is completely painless.

Can I take my normal medication?

Yes. Take all of your normal medications.

Can I eat and drink on the day of my test?

Yes. There is no need to fast prior to this test. However, drinking plenty of fluid will help the bone tracer clear from your system quicker.

What if I am pregnant?

Please inform the Doctor or the Technologist if there is a chance you are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

When do I get the results? 

Results will be available the following day after 2pm.