Lymphoscintigraphy is a scan that is used for two different types of conditions. While primarily used to identify the primary (sentinel) node for patients that have a tumour or skin cancer, it can also be used to assess the lymphatic drainage for patients with lymphedema of a limb.

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  • No special preparation is required for this procedure.

    If there is any chance you may be pregnant or you are breastfeeding, please contact us directly for specific instructions.

  • The reason you are having the scan will determine two things:

    • How many injections you will require (1 -4); and
    • Where you will have these injections. The injections are very small.

    Once injections are complete, scanning takes place either immediately or some minutes after. Depending on the reason for the scan, you may be required to massage the area of the body being studied to promote lymphatic flow.

  • How long the scan takes is dependent on how rapidly the lymphatic system is draining. This can range from 10-15 minutes right up to 3 hours.

  • Queensland X-Ray has the latest Nuclear Medicine equipment, with SPECT/CT available across all departments.

    One of our nuclear medicine technologists will perform your lymphoscintigraphy under the supervision of one of our nuclear medicine specialists.

    The images the technologist acquires are reviewed by a specialist who reports on the findings. The report will be sent to your referring doctor, who will explain the findings to you. Technologists performing the scan do not discuss scan results with you.

How much will it cost?

Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.

How do I access my images?

At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.

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