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Abscess scan - radioactive

  • Alternative Names

    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.