Radioactive abscess scan; Abscess scan
What the risks are
- Some bruising may occur at the site of injection.
- There is always a slight chance of infection when the skin is broken.
- There is low-level radiation exposure.
Radioactive injections are monitored and controlled to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. Most experts feel that the risk is very low compared with the benefits.
Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of the x-ray.
Review Date: 11/21/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.