What is a Bone Scan?
A Bone Scan is a nuclear imaging test that helps diagnose and track several types of bone disease including Fractures, Arthritis, Cancer, Paget’s disease, infections of the bone or impaired blood supply to the bone. Your doctor may order a bone scan if you have unexplained skeletal pain, a bone infection or a bone injury that cannot be seen on a standard X-ray.
A bone scan can also be an important tool for detecting cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the bone from the tumor’s original location, such as the breast or prostate.
Preparing For Your Bone Scan
- You may wear your own clothing, such as jogging, leggings, or sweat pants, as long as there are no metal fasteners, zippers, buttons, etc. Hospital gowns are available.
- Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home, if possible, or removed prior to the scan.
Walk-in Patients: Please be sure to bring the signed order from your physician requesting the examination and your insurance card.
After Your Bone Scan
In most cases, you can go about your day after your scan. The small amount of radioactive tracer will lose its reactivity or pass through your urine and stool over the next day or two. Drink plenty of water to help flush it out of your system.
How Soon Will Scan Results Be Available?
Your images are reviewed, and results interpreted by one of our qualified doctors who specializes in reading images (radiologist). The Radiologist will prepare a report, which is electronically sent to your doctor as soon as available, usually within 24-48 hours
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