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:
You will be given two appointment times. The first appointment will last for approximately 15 minutes. You will be greeted and escorted to the Nuclear Medicine suite by one of our team members. In the Nuclear Medicine suite, your Technologist will explain the procedure to you, talk to you about your symptoms (if any), medical history and start an IV in your arm (or hand). Then the technologist will inject a radiopharmaceutical your vein. 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 do not need to re-register for your second appointment and it will last approximately 45 minutes. The scan itself takes about 30 minutes to obtain. Again, you will be greeted and escorted to the Nuclear Medicine suite by one of our team member. For maximum comfort, a pillow is placed under your head and knees and you are covered with a warm blanket.
Once the whole body image is complete, your 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 your ordering physician within 3 business days. The ordering physician will provide results to you.
Please be sure to follow the discharge instructions provided by your technologist.
Common reasons for performing a Whole Body Bone Scan (include, but are not limited to):
- Detection of primary and staging metastatic disease (cancer)
- Evaluation of bone pain, trauma, occult fractures, metabolic bone disease
- Detection and evaluation of Paget disease of the bone
- Detection and evaluation of arthritis and joint disease
- Evaluation of neoplasm or known bony lesions
- Evaluation of prosthesis pain