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Doctor insights on: Lung Gallium Scan

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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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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...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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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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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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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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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images possibly showing nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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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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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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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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If pass out, is lung scan required?

If pass out, is lung scan required?

Not necessarily: Depends what the circumstances of your fainting spell were. Causes can range from surprise, dehydration, cardiac arrhythmia, seizure, stroke, etc. So, what happened? ...Read more