* Inform your physician if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
You have been scheduled for a White Blood Cell study which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.
You will be positioned on an imaging table, under a special detector called a gamma camera. The camera does not produce any radiation. It will be placed close to the part of your body being imaged. You may also receive a CT scan as part of the imaging procedure to aid the physicians in interpreting your scan.
You will have 3 visits to the department. The first visit, your blood will be drawn. Your white blood cells are then tagged with a small amount of radioactive material. The second visit (2 hours later), your tagged white blood cells will be injected into a vein in your arm. The third visit (the next day or 24 hours later), painless images will be obtained for approximately 1-2 hours.
Reviewed and Approved:
Kirk Frey, MD