St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

Gallium Scan

Gallium scans localise and evaluate areas of inflammation or infection in soft tissue or bone.

What will happen when you have your Gallium Scan

A Gallium scan may take multiple days to perform.

  • Day 1: A small intravenous injection of the ‘gallium tracer’ will be injected into a vein in your arm
  • Day 2 & 3: A scan of your whole body or a specific area will be taken, images take approximately 1.5 hours
  • Day 4–7: A delayed scan of the abdomen area may be necessary

You must inform the Nuclear Medicine Physician or the Nuclear Medicine Technologist if you think you may be pregnant or are breast feeding.

What you need to do and how to prepare for the test

You will not be required to undress for the scan. The scan is performed with the Gamma Camera close to your body but you do not go through a ‘tunnel’.

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • Gallium scans require an appointment
  • Please inform booking staff if you are, or think you could be, pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • Continue taking any medications that have been prescribed
  • You may eat and drink normally prior to and during the examination
  • You will be in the department for approximately 30 minutes for the injection, and approximately 1.5 hours for each imaging appointment
  • You should not experience any side effects from the examination
  • Please bring any previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment
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