Gallium scan

Alternative Names

Liver gallium scan; Bony gallium scan

Definition of Gallium scan

A gallium scan is a test that uses a radioactive material called gallium to look for swelling (inflammation), infection, or cancer in the body. It is a type of nuclear medicine exam.


David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 11/21/2010

Gallium injection

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