How To Prepare
Before the gallium scan, tell your
- You are or might be pregnant.
are breast-feeding. If you will no longer be breast-feeding after the test, you
will be asked to stop breast-feeding 2 weeks before the test so that the
radioactive tracer will not build up in your breast tissue. If you will
continue to breast-feed after the test, it is recommended that you not use your
breast milk for 4 weeks after a gallium scan because the tracer can be passed
to your baby. Some doctors may advise you to stop breast-feeding completely
after this scan.
- Within the 4 days before the gallium scan, you
have had an X-ray test using barium
contrast material (such as a
barium enema) or have taken a medicine (such as
Pepto-Bismol) that contains bismuth. Barium and bismuth can interfere with test
Gallium builds up in the large intestine (colon) before it
is eliminated in the stool. You may need to take a laxative the night before
the scan and have an enema 1 to 2 hours before the scan to prevent the gallium
in your colon from interfering with pictures of the area being studied.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for
the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean. To
help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the
medical test information form (What is a PDF document?).
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
November 29, 2012
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