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Nuclear medicine, indium white blood cell test question what are the steps involved in taking an indium white blood cell test? Do I need to be worried about the radiation levels of the radioactive blood being introduced back into my blood stream?

Nuclear medicine, indium white blood cell test question what are the steps involved in taking an indium white blood cell test? Do I need to be worried about the radiation levels of the radioactive blood being introduced back into my blood stream?

A: A white blood cell test is one of the most labor intensive preparations that we do in nuclear medicine. We start with a blood draw from a person. The blood is then transported to the lab where it is centrifuged to separate it into plasma, red cells and white cells. The white cells are pipetted off and are labeled with indium-111. These white cells are then transported back to the facility. After positive re-identification of the patient is made (for infection control purposes), the blood is re-injected into the patient. We then wait 24 hours for these living cells to "home in" on an infection. Finally we image the patient to identify any infections (hot spots of white cells).

We only do a nuclear medicine test in cases where there is a medical question to be answered. You doctor has decided that the small amount of radiation which you are going to receive is "worth" the diagnostic answer that he is going to receive with this study. A positive white blood cell test often results in the patient being on antibiotics for 6 months so I think you can see that a lot is riding on the results of this study. ...Read more

Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
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Nuclear Medicine (Definition)

The medical specialty of nuclear medicine involves the use of unsealed radioactive pharmaceuticals that can help image molecular flow throughout the body. The medical use of radiopharmaceuticals also includes the treatment of some cancers and bone pain. Nuclear medicine is separate from diagnostic radiology, which utilizes the use of external (sealed) radioactivity ...Read more


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About white blood cell scan? What infections can it find?

About white blood cell scan? What infections can it find?

Bone: This test is often combined with a bone scan to look for bone infection. Mri is considered superior in most cases of bone infection. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of eosinophils? Had full blood work done with natiional medical screening program. Iv worked around a lot of chem and nuclear waste on clean up job, s. Could this be why my white blood cell are to high?

What could be the cause of eosinophils? Had full blood work done with natiional medical screening program. Iv worked around a lot of chem and nuclear waste on clean up job, s. Could this be why my white blood cell are to high?

Elevated: Elevated peripheral blood eosinophil counts can be encountered in a number of clinical settings. Common triggers for eosinophilia include allergies (to drugs or other substances), certain toxin exposures, parasitic infections, certain fungal infections, and underlying collagen vascular diseases / autoimmune diseases. In rare instances, eosinophilia is associated with underlying malignancy. Pinpointing the cause of elevated eosinophil numbers requires correlations with clinical setting and other laboratory data.

Treatment of eosinophilia is directed at determining the trigger and stopping or minimizing the exposure (such as discontinuing a drug that is causing an allergic response) or treating the underlying condition.

Hope this information is of some help. ...Read more

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What causes low red and white blood cell counts?

What causes low red and white blood cell counts?

When both RBC and: Wbcs are affected several topics come to mind. The marrow may be stressed in response to infection, or due to a medication. This would also be a common pattern in bone marrow production problems such as the myelodysplastic syndromes. Patients with acute leukemia can also present in this fashion. ...Read more

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What makes the white blood cell of a 2 year old high?

What makes the white blood cell of a 2 year old high?

Leukocytosis: This can be caused by infection, malignancy or other inflammatory processes. Need more info to be specific, but best to discuss this with the pediatrician. ...Read more

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Why would one need a white blood cell cytochemistry?

Why would one need a white blood cell cytochemistry?

To understand WBC's: Cytochemistry can reveal WBC dysfunction. It is used in evaluating leukemias. ...Read more

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What are usual reasons for a white blood cell cytochemistry?

What are usual reasons for a white blood cell cytochemistry?

Normal vs abnormal: White cells and different type of abnormal cells. Wbc cytochemistry is or was a common test in leukemias. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your white blood cell and you have a low hemoglobin?

What does it mean when your white blood cell and you have a low hemoglobin?

Not clear: Your question did not say whether your white blood cell count was high, low, or normal. A low hemoglobin means you have fewer red blood cells than normal - anemia. There are many different causes for anemia. Discuss your test results with your doctor - you probably will need to discuss how you feel, get a physical examination, and probably have more lab test to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the ranges of white blood cell counts for different kinds of leukemia?

Wide range: Zero to "very high" (eg 100's of thousands).
Leukemia undergoing treatment may result in a zero white blood cell (WBC) count. Some leukemias may have relatively normal total WBC but abnormal cells (blasts) in the differential. Other leukemias can develop very high WBC counts. So, a wide range is possible. ...Read more

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During a blood test what did a white blood cell differential measure? Mostly high or low good?

During a blood test what did a white blood cell differential measure? Mostly high or low good?

Types of white cells: The differential looks at the different types of white blood cells (WBCs). The number given is a percentage of that type of WBC relative to the other types. There are a number of reasons to have a WBC test drawn, so the real answer depends upon the context of the test. If you are looking for infection, some types of cells may suggest viral (lymphocytes) versus bacterial infection (neutrophils). ...Read more

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I am a 26yr. Old female and recently I was told both my red and white blood cell counts were high what would be common causes?

I am a 26yr. Old female and recently I was told both my red and white blood cell counts were high what would be common causes?

Polycythemia.: Too many red blood cells is called polycythemia. It can be primary (a blood disorder) or secondary (a problem with oxygen delivery, such as lung disease, congenital heart or hemoglobin issues, smoking, etc.). The blood disorder polycythemia vera also includes high white counts, as do some secondary causes. See a hematologist. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count, implications?

Low white blood cell count, implications?

Many: Depends on how low the count is and what other symptoms and signs are associated with it and what caused the low count. A common risk is propensity to infections. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/low-white-blood-cell-count/my00162. ...Read more

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What causes a low white blood cell count?

What causes a low white blood cell count?

Many: Primary or secondary blood disorder, infection, immunologic diseases, medication, and many other possibilities.

Most causes would be treatable.

If this has been confirmed then consultation with a hematologist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Is a white blood cell count of 36000 high?

Yes: The normal upper limit is about 11, 000. See this site for more information on complete blood cell count.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476/dsection=results. ...Read more

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What causes a low white blood cell count?

Long list: Please consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/causes/sym-20050615 ...Read more

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What are low white blood cell count reasons?

What are low white blood cell count reasons?

There are many.: Infections can sometimes cause low white blood cells - surprising to many because most people think of a high WBC in that case, but overwhelming bacterial infections can lead to depletion of wbcs. Viruses can also destroy wbcs temporarily. Certain medicines and drugs can cause low white blood counts and auto-immune diseases (where the body's immune system attacks itself) are another cause. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count is 11.9, is that bad?

My white blood cell count is 11.9, is that bad?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your count is on the high end or normal. It is not bad in itself.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

Multiple causes: Low production due to bone marrow failure, side effects of some drugs, excessive destruction in auto-immune disorders, enlarged spleen from any cause etc. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476. ...Read more

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What are the causes of white blood cell count low?

What are the causes of white blood cell count low?

Multiple causes: Low production due to bone marrow failure, side effects of some drugs, excessive destruction in auto-immune disorders, enlarged spleen from any cause etc. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

Multiple causes: Bone marrow failure, enlarged spleen, auto-immune diseases, some infections and drug effects are some of the causes. ...Read more

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Is there a way to raise my white blood cell count?

Is there a way to raise my white blood cell count?

Leukopenia: A low white cell count can be caused by many things. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. Others are born with it. Others develop it because of dangerous conditions such as leukemia, viral infection, or autoimmune disease. Please consult with a hematologist to determine what form of leukopenia you have so that an appropriate treatment can be given (if necessary). ...Read more

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What are the causes for low white blood cell count?

What are the causes for low white blood cell count?

Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow cancers, meylodysplasia, drug reactions, and even unknown causes. The problem with this is infection, but the risk depends on how low the WBC is. Only with very low WBC is there a risk of death. ...Read more

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How bad is it if my white blood cell count is high?

How bad is it if my white blood cell count is high?

How high and are the: Cells normal? Normal count is 4-11 thousand and within this range all counts are okay. If you have any symptoms, you need to see your doctor. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476. ...Read more

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Is having a 19000 white blood cell count dangerous?

Depends on cause: White cell count of 19000 is definitely elevated and needs to be evaluated. It may be due to an infection and you should consult your doctor asap. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more