White Blood Cell Scans in Williamsport, PA
White blood cell labeling procedures are ordered for:
- Evaluation of post-operative fevers in the absence of localizing signs
- Detection of abscesses and osteomyelitis
- Detection of disc space and joint space infections
- Evaluation of degree of inflammation
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Patient Preparation for White Blood Cell Labeling
Prior to a scan, we recommend your physician sends us the results of a recent WBC count and rate. There are no dietary or medication restrictions to prepare for this procedure.
How Long Will This Take?
Upon arrival you will be registered by our office staff. A certified nuclear medicine technologist will explain the procedure, start an IV and draw blood. Your white blood cells will be relabeled by a licensed radio pharmacist with radioactive material. After your blood is drawn, you will be free to go, but will be asked to return at later time for re-injection of labeled white blood cells and again for a scan. The scan time may vary depending on what parts of the body your doctor wants us to look at. Average time is one hour.
What Happens During the Procedure?
A certified nuclear medicine technologist will verify your identity. An IV will be started, and several milliliters of blood will be withdrawn from your body. It will then be sent to a local radio pharmacy where a licensed radio pharmacist will label your white blood cells with radioactive material. After your blood is drawn, the technologist will inform you when to return (you are free to leave the hospital at this point). Upon your return, the technologist will re-inject your labeled white blood cells through an IV. We will allow at least two hours for the white blood cells to re circulate in your body.
A nuclear medicine technologist will then position you on a padded imaging table, and a nuclear medicine camera will take pictures of specific areas of your body identified by your doctor. Scan time takes an hour.. A board certified nuclear medicine physician will interpret your scan. The results will be available to your physician within one working day.
UPMC Susquehanna is dedicated to offering quality care and attention for a WBC scan in Williamsport, PA, or the surrounding areas.