Indium-111 White Blood Cell Scan

Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but feel free to contact us if you need additional information. We are always pleased to assist you.

Why has my doctor ordered an Indium-111 White Blood Cell Scan?

An Indium-111 WBC Scan is ordered when an infection is clinically suspected.

What should I do to prepare for the Indium-111 White Blood Cell Scan?

There is no preparation required prior to the scan.

How is an Indium-111 WBC Scan performed?

An Indium-111 WBC Scan involves the injection of radioactive white blood cells into the vein through a small needle, followed by a Gamma camera scan to confirm or exclude a clinically suspected infection.

What are the risks of an Indium-111 White Blood Cell Scan?

There are no significant risks to the scan. The radiation dose received is similar to that obtained from a chest x-ray.

What are the alternatives to an Indium-111 White Blood Cell Scan?

Alternatives include gallium scan, CT scan, aspiration and/or biopsy.

What can I expect after the procedure?

There are no after-effects expected.

Will other tests be ordered?

Other tests including a bone scan and a sulfur-colloid bone marrow scan may be ordered for comparison with the Indium-111 WBC Scan. CT, MRI and/or ultrasound examinations may be suggested based on the results of the Indium-ill White Blood Cell Scan.