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Doctor insights on: Gallium Scan For Tumor

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Hello doctors, what does a nm gallium scan entail?

Hello doctors, what does a nm gallium scan entail?

Gallium... : First a radiotracer is injected intravenously. Then approximately 48 hours later, you will be imaged by a gamma camera until the necessary images are acquired. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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What will a gallium scan show that an MRI doesn't?

What will a gallium scan show that an MRI doesn't?

More function: Mri is more anatomic in detecting configuration of soft tissues and extent of disease. Sometimes not able to entirely differentiate infection from tumor or infarction of bone. Gallium may be used sometimes to detect infection. However not specific accumulating in infection, some tumors, and inflammatory conditions. Nuclear tagged white blood cells are usually more specific for infection. ...Read more

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Is a lymphangiogram & gallium scan good for diagnosing lymphoma?

Is a lymphangiogram & gallium scan good for diagnosing lymphoma?

Diagnosing no: Staging yes. Ie determining the extent of disease. Lymphangiography is never done now, and gallium is largely replaced by modern imaging modalities. ...Read more

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How accurate and realiable is a gallium scan for diagnosing lymphoma and other kinds of cancer?

How accurate and realiable is a gallium scan for diagnosing lymphoma and other kinds of cancer?

Diagnosis w biopsy: Gallium accumulates in large percentage of lymphoma but also ha predilection for infection and other kinds of tumors. Pet scan is more accurate in detecting involvement and extent of lymphoma. Diagnosis is only made by biopsy. Following effect of therapy gallium and pet very useful. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is a gallium scan the same as a bone scan?

Hello docs, is a gallium scan the same as a bone scan?

No: Gallium scanning involves greater irradiation and is non specific for tumor, infection , and bone abnormalities. Low radiation bone scan is specifically for osseous problems such as fractures, metastatic disease to bone, avascular necrosis, some metabolic bone issues, etc.Patient with unknown source of fever or pain and multifocal disease usually helped by bone scan. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is a full body bone scan like a gallium scan?

Hello docs, is a full body bone scan like a gallium scan?

No: Gallium scanning involves greater irradiation and is non specific for tumor, infection , and bone abnormalities. Low radiation bone scan is specifically for osseous problems such as fractures, metastatic disease to bone, avascular necrosis, some metabolic bone issues, etc.Patient with unknown source of fever or pain and multifocal disease usually helped by bone scan. ...Read more

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I have a history of osteomylitis and it showed up on gallium scan before, why did my doctor order a bone scan?

I have a history of osteomylitis and it showed up on gallium scan before, why did my doctor order a bone scan?

Ask your doctor: Gallium is sometimes used to detect active or chronic infection. Gallium not specific can have uptake in tumors and trauma. It does not tell much about healing of bone. Bone scan is more specific for bone metabolism including infection fracture, repair. The degree of uptake usually determines activity of process. Lot of people use tagged white blood cells for detecting infection, more specific. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if gallium scans detect chronic infections?

Yes: Gallium scans are very good for detecting chronic infections or any chronic inflammatory process, often better than acute infections. Some infections they can be used to identify are pcp pneumonia or osteomyelitis of the spine. They are not very good for intra-abdominal infections or inflammation since the normal clearance of gallium through the gut may cause false positive result. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are gallium scans different then bone scans?

Can you tell me how are gallium scans different then bone scans?

Different agent: A bone scan is used to look for areas where the bone is rebuilding often after a fracture, arthritis, or cancer. Gallium scan is used to look for inflammation in the body and can be used with a bone scan. The agent that is used is different and not interchangeable. ...Read more