Question: What Happens When You Have A Bone Scan?

How do you prepare for a bone scan?

Please remove all piercings and leave all jewelry and valuables at home.

EAT/DRINK: Generally, no prior preparation, such as fasting or sedation, is required prior to a bone scan.

ALLERGIES: Notify the radiologist or technologist if you are allergic to or sensitive to medications, contrast dyes or iodine..

Do you have to take your clothes off for a bone scan?

You may have to wait several hours between the radiotracer injection and the bone scan so you may want to bring something to read or work on. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.

Can a bone scan show inflammation?

Bone scan is one of the most common and oldest examinations among all nuclear medicine procedures. It is used in the evaluation of benign bone disease like infection/inflammation and also is the standard of care for evaluating metastatic disease in the breast, prostate, and lung cancer.

Why would a doctor order a bone scan?

Your doctor may order a bone scan if you have unexplained skeletal pain, a bone infection or a bone injury that can’t be seen on a standard X-ray. A bone scan can also be an important tool for detecting cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the bone from the tumor’s original location, such as the breast or prostate.

Will a bone scan show disc problems?

Bone Scans Are Reliable for the Identification of Lumbar Disk and Facet Pathology.

Can you see arthritis on a bone scan?

Many changes that show up on a bone scan are not cancer. With arthritis, the radioactive material tends to show up on the bone surfaces of joints, not inside the bone. But it can be hard to tell the difference between arthritis and cancer — especially in the spine.

What happens when you get a bone scan?

During a bone scan, a radioactive substance is injected into a vein that is taken up by your bones. You’ll then be monitored for several hours. A very small amount of radiation is used in the substance, and nearly all of it is released from your body within two or three days.

How long does it take to get the results of a bone scan?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via the internal computer system. This process usually takes less than 24 hours.

Does a bone scan show osteoporosis?

To diagnose osteoporosis and assess your risk of fracture and determine your need for treatment, your doctor will most likely order a bone density scan. This exam is used to measure bone mineral density (BMD). It is most commonly performed using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) or bone densitometry.

Can you wear a bra during a bone density test?

Patient should wear loose, comfortable clothing. Sweat suits and casual attire without zippers, buttons, grommets, metal hooks, or underwire bra. Gowns are available, if necessary.

Does a bone tumor hurt?

Most patients with a bone tumor will experience pain in the area of the tumor. The pain is generally described as dull and achy. It may or may not get worse with activity. The pain often awakens the patient at night.

What does a black spot on a bone scan mean?

Areas that absorb little or no amount of tracer appear as dark or “cold” spots. This could show a lack of blood supply to the bone or certain types of cancer. Areas of fast bone growth or repair absorb more tracer and show up as bright or “hot” spots in the pictures.