Bone Scan

A bone scan is a scan of your entire skeletal system using gamma radiation. This exam is performed to determine age and metabolic activity of traumatic, malignant or infectious processes, localize a biopsy site, or plan radiotherapy portals.

How do I prepare for the exam?

No preparation is needed for this exam.

What can I expect during the exam?

This exam is conducted by a specially registered technologist in molecular imaging.

The morning of the exam, you will come to the Molecular Imaging department to be injected with the radioactive isotope. You will be released for two to four hours (the technologist will tell you the time you will need to return).

Upon return you will lie on the scan table while the camera scans your body for about 45 to 60 minutes.

What can I expect after the exam?

Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your molecular imaging scan. If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by a technologist, nurse or physician before you leave the molecular imaging department.

Your scan will be read by a radiologist specially trained in molecular imaging. A written report will be sent to your physician, who will contact you with results.