Why It Is Done
A gallium scan is done to:
- Detect the source of an infection that is
causing a fever (called a fever of unknown origin).
- Detect an
abscess or certain infections, especially in the
- Monitor the response to
inflammatory conditions such as
pulmonary fibrosis or
- Detect certain types of
cancer (such as
lymphoma). A gallium scan also may be done to see if
cancer has spread (metastasized) to other areas of the body, or to watch how
well a cancer treatment is working.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
November 29, 2012
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