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.

Please contact us with any questions you have.

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