White Blood Cell Scan

What is a white blood cell scan?

A white blood cell scan is a nuclear medicine test. It uses a small amount of radioactive material (indium-111) and a special camera to assess the presence and extent of abscesses, infection, or inflammation. Learn more about twhite blood cell scan.

Where is the nuclear medicine department located?

We are located in the inpatient radiology department of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.

Where should I park?

Park in the main lot in front of the hospital. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the main entrance. Admissions is to the left as you enter the lobby. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • There are no special dietary or medication restrictions for this scan.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • This scan usually requires 3 visits.
  • At your first visit, a technologist will place an IV catheter in your arm and collect 40–50 mL of blood, at which point you may leave the department. The catheter will remain in your arm.
  • The white blood cells (WBCs) will be separated and "tagged" with a radioactive isotope (about a 2-hour process).
  • At your second visit, the technologist will inject those WBCs into your arm catheter and will then remove the IV. Your third visit will be scheduled for the following day.
  • At your third visit, we will have you remove any external metal (jewelry, eyeglasses, etc.) and lie on the imaging table. The tagged WBCs will have gathered in the area of infection, and the technologist will take a series of images of that area (about 20–30 minutes).

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via our internal computer system.

Whom do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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