What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Pregnancy. A gallium scan is not usually done
during pregnancy because the radiation could damage the developing baby (fetus).
- Having barium or bismuth in your
system. If a gallium scan is needed, it should be done before any tests that
use barium (such as a
barium enema). Taking a medicine (such as
Pepto-Bismol) that contains bismuth can also interfere with a gallium
- Not being able to remain still during the test.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
November 29, 2012
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