Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan

What is a bone scan?

A bone scan studies the bones in your body and detects fractures, infections or other bone problems. The test gives very radiation. A radioisotope is given into your vein. You will not feel the isotope or have any side effects from it. The camera detects gamma rays (invisible radiation) coming from the radioisotope ad creates the images on the computer.

How is the test done?

The technologist will administer the radioisotope into your vein. Depending on the test your doctor has ordered, a first set of images may be taken right after the radioisotope is injects. This may take about 15 minutes. Whether or not the first images are taken, you will be asked to return in 3 hours to complete the exam. You may leave, eat and drink before and after the isotope is given.

When image are taken, you will lie on the imaging bed with the camera very close to your body. These sets of images will take 25 to 55 minutes.

What to expect after the test?

You can usually go back to routine activities unless told otherwise. Your ordering doctor will contact you with results within a few days.

This is a mobile service provided by Central MN Heart Center from St. Cloud, MN.

Approximate exam times vary.