Nuclear Medicine

Diagnostic imaging using radioactive materials.

Bone Scintigraphy (Bone Scan)

A bone scan is a specialized radiology procedure used to examine the various bones of the skeleton. It is done to identity areas of physical and chemical changes in bone.

A bone scan may also be used to follow the progress of treatment of certain conditions.

A bone scan is a type of nuclear radiology procedure.

A bone scan is a test that uses nuclear imaging to helps diagnose and track several types of bone disease.

Nuclear imaging involves using small amounts of radioactive substances (radiotracers).

A special camera that can detect the radio activity and a computer to see structures such as bones inside the body.

A bone scan can be used to find the source of unexplained skeletal pain, a bone infection or a bone injury that can’t be seen on a standard X-ray.

It can also be an important toolfor detecting cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the bone from the tumor’s original location, such as the breast or prostate.

  • Evaluate bones for fractures, infection and arthritis
  • Evaluate for metastatic bone disease
  • Evaluate painful prosthetic joints
  • Evaluate bone tumors
  • Identify sites for biopsy
  • Women should always inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant or if they are breastfeeding.
  • You should inform your physician and the technologist performing your exam of any medications you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. You should also inform them if you have any allergies and about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.
  • Jewelry and other metallic accessories should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the exam because they may interfere with the procedure.
  • In some instances, certain medications or procedures may interfere with the examination ordered

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