Inflammation scintigraphy

Diagnostic procedure

One of our doctors will take plenty of time to fully discuss your symptoms, any previously performed tests and treatments, as well as the procedure of the planned examination.

To begin, a trace of a radioactive substance is injected into your arm. The substance is composed of small protein particles, known as antibodies, which ‘recognize’ a particular surface structure on human white blood cells, and bind to it. As the accumulation of the antibodies in the affected regions increases over time, a possible area of inflammation can be diagnosed and then treated. The examination normally has no side effects. In very rare cases, allergic reactions have been described. For this reason, we ask you to remain in our clinic for about an hour after the injection. The radiation exposure is lower than that of a CT scan.

The substance is eliminated by the kidneys and the intestines. You should therefore increase the amount of fluids you drink, and empty your bladder frequently. Water is readily available in our clinic.

A whole-body image, in layers if necessary, will be taken with you lying on your back, approximately 10 minutes, 3 to 5 hours and about 24 hours after the injection.

The resulting images will be printed out and given to the consulting doctor.

Your doctor will discuss the results with you during a final consultation. Usually, you will be able to take the medical report and the images with you when you are leaving the clinic.