Tagged WBC Scans
- Localization of abscesses and infection
- Evaluation of inflammation
Tagged WBC Scan Preparation
There are no restrictions for a tagged WBC scan
Tagged WBC Scan Procedure
Approximately 60 ml of blood is drawn and is sent to an radiopharmacy where the patient's white blood cells separated and then tagged to a radioisotope. This is generally done in the morning, as it must be arranged with the pharmacy. The pharmacy labels the blood and sends it back to the department in about four hours. The tagged white blood cells are then re-injected into the patient. Images are taken of the distribution of the white blood cells dependent on the history of the patient and the isotope given. This will allow the physician to see where in the body the patient’s white blood cells are collecting. Imaging times will be determined by the Nuclear Medicine Physician on an individual basis.