Getting a Gallium-68 scan

Below you will find some helpful information on what to expect when getting a Gallium-68 PET/CT scan. This information may not cover everything that you need to know, so please be sure to speak with your healthcare provider. Always follow the advice of your healthcare provider, as what is right for you might be different than what is suggested below.

About the Gallium-68 scan

A gallium scan is a tool to look for a variety of symptoms, including tumors. This type of scan will typically be performed at a hospital where they provide these options. With a gallium scan, the metal gallium is used to identify tumors or infections. The gallium is injected in your body and flows through your blood. After waiting for a number of hours, your body is scanned to see where the gallium accumulates.

A Gallium-68 PET/CT scan uses gallium, combined with a peptide that targets NETs. After a scan is conducted with a PET/CT scanner, the scan will be sent to your healthcare provider for interpretation and discussion with you.

A Gallium-68 PET/CT scan may not work for everyone. A Gallium-68 PET/CT scan works by using a drug that binds to a certain type of somatostatin receptor on your tumor(s). If your tumor(s) do not have these somatostatin receptors, your tumor(s) may not show up on the Gallium-68 PET/CT scan.

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This is what you should expect

A Gallium-68 PET/CT scan works by using a drug that binds to a certain type of somatostatin receptor on your tumor(s). This will make it possible for your physician to see unhealthy tissue. Check the pages to find out more about the complete scan process.

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