This appointment occurs in two parts. There is no special preparation for this exam. You may eat, drink, and take any medications that you need to prior to this exam.
What to Expect:
Upon arrival to our reception area, you will be given two appointment times. The first appointment will be scheduled for approximately 15 minutes. You will be greeted and escorted back to the Nuclear Medicine suite by one of our team members. Once there, your Technologist will explain the procedure to you, discuss your symptoms (if any) along with your medical history and start an IV in your arm (or hand).
Then your Technologist will inject a radiopharmaceutical in a vein in your arm (or hand). The injection has no side affects and you will not feel different from it at all. You will be asked to drink some extra fluids following the injection and to empty your bladder as often as possible prior to your second appointment, which is the actual scan, and will be 3 hours after your injection.
There is a three hour (3-hrs) wait in between the injection and scan with no restrictions. You can leave the hospital, go shopping, go home and do whatever you like. You can eat, drink, and/or take medications as needed. We encourage all Bone Scan patients to drink extra fluids during that 3 hour time period and empty your bladder as often as possible. This helps the radioactive tracer material to circulate through you system well.
You must return to the Reception area for part two, the scan. You do not need to re-register for your second appointment and it will last approximately 45 minutes. The scan takes about 30 minutes to obtain. You will lie on our imaging table and the camera will take a picture of the area of interest as specified by your doctor on your order. SPECT scan takes a special 360 degree image so it is imperative that you are able to lie still and comfortably during your imaging. You will be asked to raise your arms above your head for the imaging portion of the procedure. For maximum comfort, a pillow will be placed under your head and knees and you will be covered a warm blanket. Feel free to bring along your favorite DVD movie or music CD to use during your procedure, or you may choose of our selection.
Once the images are acquired, the Technologist will evaluate the images for quality, remove your IV, address any issues or concerns that you may have and escort you back to the reception area. The images are read by a Radiologist (doctor) and the results are dictated, transcribed and sent to the ordering physician within 3 business days. The ordering physician will provide results to you.
Common reasons to perform a Bone Scan SPECT include (but are not limited to):
- Pars defect (of the spine)