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Bone Scan

General Information

Nuclear Medicine exams detect radioactive isotopes (tracers) given to the patient prior to the exam in order to show function of various areas within the body.

What are Bone Scans?

Bone Scans are performed for many reasons including, but not limited to, looking for fractures, metastasis, infection, prosthesis loosening, and necrosis.

  • This exam may be called – Bone Scan, Whole Body (WB), Total Body (TB), Limited (LTD), 3-Phase or Triple-Phase Bone Scan, Bone SPECT.
  • 3-Phase or Triple Phase:  Injection with immediate images requiring approximately 20 minutes.  Then, you will return in 2.5 to 3 hours for approximately 30 minutes for delayed images.
  • Whole Body, Bone SPECT, and Limited: Injection and then you return in 2.5 to 3 hours for approximately 30 minutes for imaging.

How should I prepare for a Bone Scan?

  • Drink fluids.
  • Bring previous exam reports and images if you have them.
  • No restrictions for medications, eating, or driving.
  • You will be given the actual return time after the injection.
  • You may leave and come back at the appointed time.
  • Most scans require you to lie still on the table for the duration of the imaging.
  • Inform the Technologist if you wear protective undergarments.  Please change to a new set just prior to images.
  • Inform the Technologist if you have a breast prosthesis.