Preparation: This exam 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 in the 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 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.
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 this portion of the 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 pictures of the specific area of concern as specified by your doctor on the order. For maximum comfort, you will have pillows placed under your head and knees and you will be covered with a warm blanket. Feel free to bring along your favorite DVD movie or music CD to use during your procedure, or you may choose from our selection.
Once the images are acquired, the Technologist will evaluate the images for quality, address any issues or concerns that you may have, remove your IV 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 of a Limited Area (include, but are not limited to):
- Pain not associated with infection
- A patient without a history of cancer with a limited area of pain
- Stress fractures or compression fracture