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Tagged - WBC Scan

What to Expect During the Procedure

We like to start these procedures early due to the length of time required to achieve the desired results. At the first appointment time of approximately 7a.m., 60 cc’s of blood is drawn from a vein in your arm or hand. Your blood is sent out to the radiopharmacy for several hours to be tagged with a radioactive isotope. You will be given a return time anticipating completion of the tagging. The tagged blood is then re-injected into you. Again, you will be allowed to leave the facility for several hours to allow circulation of the radioactive material. At the third visit of the day, you will be positioned with the area of interest centered to the camera. Images in various positions are acquired. You will return the following day for another set of images to evaluate the changes over time. Sometimes it is necessary to acquire images at 48 and 72 hours depending on the diagnosis. Each appointment, or visit to our facility, requires about 30 minutes.

How Should I Prepare?
  • There are no pre-procedure preparations for this scan.
  • If you have had pertinent x-rays, CT’s, or MRI’s done at other facilities bring the films or CD’s with you for comparison.
What to Expect After the Procedure

There are no common side effects and no post procedure instructions. Also, no driver is needed following this procedure. Reports will be sent to your physician within 5 business days. Contact your physician for any information pertaining to the findings.