Having a Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan
What is a Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan?
A nuclear medicine bone scan exam uses a radioactive material called a tracer to make pictures of your body. The tracer is injected into your vein. The pictures are made as the scan picks up the energy that is given off by the tracer. The scan can help your doctor find the cause of your problem or symptom.
It is also used to find or treat:
- Poor or no blood supply to the bone
- Disease of the bone
- Bone cancer
- Stress fractures/broken bones
- Shin splints
- Bone pain
- Infection of the bone
How long does the Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan test take?
The test takes about 60 minutes; however, you will first have an injection, then return three to four hours later for the scan.
Where can I have the Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan done?
The test can be done at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) and at Miami Valley Hospital South.
When should I arrive for the Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan?
Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam to give our staff time to review your medical information.
What are the risks of having a Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan?
The radioactivity of the tracer is extremely low and has no side effects. Allergic reactions are very rare and are usually mild. Be sure to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your physician may tell you to not have the scan at this time. Learn more about the benefits versus the risks of having a Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan .
How do I prepare for the Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan?
You do not have to do anything special to get ready for this test. Please follow any instructions given by your doctor.
What happens during a Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan?
The tracer will be injected into a vein in your arm or hand. You will have to wait three to four hours for the tracer to be absorbed into your bones. You do not have to wait at the hospital. The technologist will tell you what time you must return.
For the exam, you will lie down on a table and a camera will move above and below you. You must lie very still while the pictures are being taken. This test should not cause you any pain, but you may not be comfortable lying still for so long. Our staff will do everything they can to help you relax.
What can I expect after the Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan?
The tracer will leave your body within 24 hours through your urine. Your doctor should receive the results of your scan in two to three business days.
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