What is a White Cell Scan?
A white cell scan is usually performed following a bone scan. This scan is used to look for any infection. It can also be used to assess Inflammatory Bowel Disease (eg. Crohn’s disease or colitis)
How do I prepare for a White Cell Scan?
There are no preparations.
What happens during a White Cell Scan?
There are 3 parts to the test. You will need to arrive early in the morning. First part: We take a small amount of blood from your vein (for us to attach a radioactive tracer to it). You can then leave the Practice and return around lunch time. Second part: We will then re-inject your own blood attached with the radioactive material back into your vein (usually around 12pm). You can then take another break and come back in the afternoon for a 1-hour picture. There are no restrictions in terms of activity or food during your breaks.
Are there any side effects of a White Cell Scan?
How long does a White Cell Scan take?
Approximately 3-4 hours. Our reception staff will let you know exactly how long when making your appointment.
When can I expect the results of my White Cell Scan?
Results are usually ready the next day.
Will there be any fee involved?
No, all our scans are bulk billed.