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Gallium Scan


A gallium scan is a test to find abnormal areas in the soft tissue of your body. This test may be used to find growths, or areas of infection or swelling. Gallium is a radioactive substance that is used as a tracer in this test.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Drink plenty of liquids, such as water and juices, to help flush the tracer out of your body. The tracer will leave your body in your bowel movements within about 4 days. Flush the toilet 3 times after you go to the bathroom. This makes sure that none of the tracer is left in the toilet bowl.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have new signs or symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

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