Gallium Scan

What is a gallium scan?

A gallium scan is a nuclear medicine test. It uses a small amount of gallium—a radioactive material—and a special camera to produce images.

Why has my physician ordered this exam?

This test provides images that help evaluate the presence and extent of infection and disease. Your physician may call for a gallium scan to assess you for:

  • Chronic infection
  • Lung disease
  • Postsurgical changes
  • Pulmonary toxicity
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Tumor

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